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Bis Sa’Ani Region Archaeological Records

Identifier:  Coll 0027

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents:

Survey forms, field notes, reports, administrative records, maps, photos, publications, memorandums, correspondence relating to the Alamito Mitigation Project from 1979 to 1983 are contained within this collection. These documents could be of interest to scholars investigating the hard data recovered from this particular archaeological project. This collection holds a wealth of documentation from the Navajo Nation and the contract archaeologists involved in this project.


  • 1973-1996 (bulk dates: 1977-1983)


Biographical / Historical


The Bis Sa’ani collection chronicles the archaeological investigations conducted by the Navajo Nation Cultural Resource Management Program (NNCRMP) for the Alamito Coal Company in the Gallo Wash mine lease area. In 1980, a contract was negotiated between the Alamito Coal Company and the Navajo Nation for the NNCRMP to further investigate pre-historic and historic cultures in the region. In large measure these field studies were undertaken to mitigate the potential damage strip mining could have upon the Bis Sa’ani site which was located in close proximity to the prospective mine. The field research undertaken by the NNCRMP was conducted over two years (1980-1981) and the findings were categorized under two headings titled ADAPT I and ADAPT II. ADAPT I constitutes the extensive investigation the archaic occupation of the Bis Sa’Ani region. ADAPT II focused on the mitigation of adverse impacts upon the archaeological site located within the coal lease region. This phase also includes the structuring of a published ethnohistory of the region. The completion of the research into the lease region was concluded with a series of detailed published reports.


15 Linear Feet

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Organized into eight series:

Series I: Alamito Coal Lease Survey

Series II: Alamito Mitigation Program Documentation

Series III: Data Analysis

Series IV: Reports

Series V: Maps and Drawings

Series VI: Administrative Records

Series VII: Photographs

Series VIII: Publications


Provenance: Nation Cultural Resource Management Program
Finding Aid for Bis Sa’Ani Region Archaeological Records
Coll 0027
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Repository Details

Part of the NPS Chaco Culture National Historical Park Repository

Chaco Culture NHP & Aztec Ruins NM Museum & Archives Program
Hibben Center Rm 307 - MSC01 1050
450 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque NM 87106 USA