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History Lecture, “Cottonwood Pueblo” in October

History Notes, the Branigan Cultural Center’s monthly informal discussion series concerning the history of New Mexico with a special emphasis on the southern part of the state, presents Cottonwood Pueblo on Thursday, October 10 at 1pm to 2pm. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The guest speakers are Kristin Corl and Angel Pena.

This presentation focuses on the NMSU Archaeological Field School’s current research at Cottonwood Pueblo, one of the largest El Paso Phase villages in the Jornada Mogollon region. The site was first documented in the 1930s by Herbert Yeo and is located approximately 20 miles of north of Las Cruces on the western flanks of the San Andres Mountains. The site holds great potential for revealing information about environmental change in late prehistory, movements of different ethnic groups and the rise of new religious movements.

Kristin Corl earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from NMSU and began her graduate work in 2012. Angel Pena began his studies in Southwestern archaeology at NMSU in 2006. Join us as Ms. Corl and Mr. Pena discuss the archeological studies that piqued interest decades ago and endure today through the work of NMSU faculty with graduate and undergraduate students.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s web site at

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