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October 13, 2017


Aztec Ruins National Monument will be hosting two special events during the month of October. Chief of Interpretation Nathan Hatfield said, "Connecting with our local community through events that are engaging and relevant is a priority, especially as we begin the second century of modern preservation here at Aztec Ruins." Archeologist Earl Morris excavated this ancestral Pueblo great house site in 1916-1917.

Saturday, October 21st is International Archeology Day and Aztec Ruins will join the celebration. Park rangers will lead a 9:30am tour of Aztec East, an unexcavated great house site. Space for this tour is limited, reservations are required and entrance fees will apply for those joining this tour. NPS Archeologist Brittany Bankston will be hosting a free flintknapping demonstration in the picnic area from 11am-4pm. Call the Visitor Center (505-334-6174) for additional information, or to reserve a space on the East Ruins tour.

On Saturday, October 28th, Aztec Ruins will host a free family-style activity called "CSI: Critter Scene Investigation." This self-paced activity will feature a wildlife forensic-style investigation in the picnic area, complete with a nature crime scene and clues to help you solve the mystery. Ranger Andy will be interacting with kids in a park-ranger "lab station," and even pollinators might get involved with a tasty activity. Bring the whole family and become a junior ranger detective! The activity should last about 20 minutes, and the activity stations will be open from 10am-4pm. 

There are no fee-free days in October, but activity stations in the picnic area are always free. Entrance fees apply for entrance into the archeologic site.

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