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UNM Field School, Teypama Archaeological Site Excavation Records

Identifier: MMA 1

Scope and Content

The Teypama Archaeological Site Excavation records consist of original handwritten unit records, including artifact catalogue sheets, unit maps, and wall descriptions, computer generated data sheets describing artifact assemblages, hand drawn stratigraphic profiles, student field notebooks, a typed preliminary site report, handwritten and typed weekly TA reports, and carbon copies of surface collections. The material was organized into three series. Series one, Lab Catalogue Sheets, consists of all unit report materials (both originals and those carbon copies bearing corrections or additional information with the corrected copy placed in front), some photocopies of unit reports, surface collection reports, artifact type lists (labeled lithics, ceramics, fauna, macrobotanical, miscellaneous and samples), coding guides for the data sheets in series three, and the preliminary site report. In addition, there is a box of specimen cards detailing excavated artifacts, including x-rays of a copper bead, which is located in box 3A. Box 3A is housed within box 3. This series has a bulk date of 1981, although some handwritten notes are dated to 1982. Series two, TA Weekly Reports, consists of written and typed weekly activity reports from each TA, crew lists, and a small set of handwritten note pages originally stored in the binder with the TA reports. Series two bulk dates to 1981 but the handwritten notes date to 1982 and 1983. Series three consists of student field notebooks. Series four, Computer Data Sheets, consists of oversized computer generated data sheets and hand drawn stratigraphic profiles produced on several data sheets. The data sheets correspond to artifact assemblages and coding guides described in series one. This series dates to 1982, with the stratigraphic profiles undated.

The Teypama site also goes by Teypama Piro Site, Tey'Pa'Ma', Teypana, Old Socorro, and Las Huertas. The site number is LA282. The BLM number is CrNM-02-205.


  • 1981-1983
  • Majority of material found in Placeholder Unit Date Text

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research by appointment. Please consult the Maxwell Museum Website for the required paperwork.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes.User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws.

Biography / History

Excavations at LA282, the Teypama site, were conducted during the summer of 1981 by a UNM archaeological field school. Amy C Earls served as the primary field director with Linda Cordell acting as principle investigator. The excavation was supported by UNM and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The purpose of excavating site LA282 was to assess the extent of vandalism the site had sustained, generate a plan to prevent future vandalism, and determine the nature of interaction between the site’s Piro inhabitants and other contemporary peoples, particularly the Spanish. Further information can be found in the completed site report, titled An Archaeological Assessment of “Las Huertas”, Socorro, New Mexico, authored by Amy Earls and published by the Maxwell Museum.


3 boxes (2.1 linear feet)


Excavation records and artifact assemblages from site LA282, Teypama, as recorded by a University of New Mexico (UNM) field school, 1981, along with a preliminary site report, student field notebooks and computer generated data sheets.


The collection has been organized into four series: Lab Catalogue Sheets, Weekly Teaching Assistant (TA) Reports, Student Field Notebooks, and Computer Data Sheets.

Separated Material

Objects and artifacts recovered during excavation may be reviewed pending approval of a research request submitted to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Curator of Archaeology.

Processing Information

This project was made possible through grants funded by the State of New Mexico and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
UNM Field School, Teypama Archaeological Site Excavation Records, 1981-1983
Edited Full Draft
Katharine Williams
© 2015
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Repository