What Did People in New Mexico Eat 1,000 Year Ago?

What's for dinner? On Saturday, April 9 paleoethnobotanist Dr. William Whitehead will help answer this and other questions in a lively presentation at Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez /Minge House in Corrales.

Paleoethnobotany is the science dealing with the recovery and identification of plant remains from archaeological contexts. It is an important part of modern archaeological technique because it can help us understand past environments, how the landscape was used, how it has changed, and what people living in the past ate. This talk will highlight work in a recent BLM sponsored research project to produce the book "Plant Utilization in Southeast New Mexico: Botany, Ethnography and Archaeology." Agriculture versus hunting and gathering will also be addressed in the talk, as many archaeological groups in New Mexico practiced both types of food procurement strategies at the same time. Dr. Whitehead will be available for a question and answer period after the presentation.

This free, family oriented, program begins at 1:30pm. Visitors may also enjoy self-paced tours of Casa San Ysdiro's adobe rooms until 4pm. The house museum is located at 973 Old Church Rd in the historic Village of Corrales.

For more information about this program and the historic Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House, browse online at [link]. The public may call (505) 897-8828 or 311