Monthly Meeting


Margaret Berrier

7:30 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2022

via Zoom at your Computer or Smart Phone


Numerous examples of fish imagery are depicted on pottery of the Southwest’s ancient Mimbres culture. These are well illustrated in publications and in the Mimbres Pottery Image Digital Database (MimPIDD). However, no significant catalog or publication exists of fish images in the Jornada Mogollon rock art of the Southwest. This presentation documents pisciforms (fish forms) and their distribution in the area. It also summarizes some ethnographic accounts of the use of fish and interpretations of fish iconography. A compendium of rock art pisciforms will facilitate further research on this rich body of neglected aquatic fauna.

Margaret Berrier has a BA in Art Education from Indiana University and worked for a large corporation while pursuing her interest since 1986 in rock art recording as a volunteer. She has researched, recorded, and photographed rock art sites throughout North America and elsewhere. Since moving to Las Cruces in 2006, she has concentrated her efforts on the documentation and study of rock art in southern New Mexico and west Texas. She has led the Doña Ana Archaeological Society’s rock art team, and worked as a volunteer for the El Paso Archaeological Society and for the Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces. She has also conducted research and documentation with archaeologists Meade Kemrer, Larry Loendorf, Myles Miller, and others. She has published articles on rock art in the journals of the American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA), San Diego Rock Art Association, and the proceedings of the Jornada Mogollon and Mogollon Conferences. During the pandemic she has given numerous Zoom presentations on rock art as well as publishing in on-line journals including the JTAH (Journal of Texas Archaeology and History) and Old Pueblo Archaeology in Arizona. She will have an article in the upcoming ASNM volume and received a grant from the New Mexico Site Stewards Foundation for her free educational Three Rivers Coloring Book.

Margaret received ARARA’s Castleton Award in 2017, the Archaeological Society of New Mexico’s Brice Award for Archaeological Achievement in 2018, and Jornada Research Institute’s Associate of the Year in 2021. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of ARARA. When she can find the time these days, she enjoys making jewelry that is usually inspired by rock art motifs.

A day or so prior to the meeting, an email message will be sent to members with the link for the Zoom meeting, which will open around 7 to allow for greetings among friends. Please keep your microphone muted during the presentation until the question-and-answer session.


The Albuquerque Archaeological Society is an avocational group that advocates preserving archaeological and other cultural resources by informing members and the public about archaeological and ethnological subjects through our meetings, presentations, newsletter, other electronic media, field trips, volunteer efforts, field surveys, and studies. Membership is only $25 for an individual or family, and it’s free to students with a Student ID or current class schedule. Membership puts you on our mailing list for our monthly newsletter, and gives you access to our field trips, volunteering endeavors, and our seminars. However, our meetings are always free and open to the public, with a guest lecturer and refreshments, great conversation, and the chance to socialize with those who share an interest in archaeology, both professionals and avocational members. Come see what we’re all about! We’d love your company!


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