Heritage Center has no secrets

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

Former museum intern Kon Rhyu examines Puebloan pottery in the Anasazi Heritage Center research collection.

Herald Staff Report

The Bureau of Land Management’s Anasazi Heritage Center is full of mysteries from the past, and now the clues are bare to be seen by all.

The center houses collections representing 12,000 years of human history in the Four Corners. Most of it usually stored in the depths of the museum basement, and like most museums, there is more out of sight than on display at any time. But now, every Thursday, the public can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the artifacts included in the museum’s curated collection.

The Anasazi Heritage Center is one of only three federal repositories for archaeological materials managed by the BLM. Collections include artifacts from ancestral Puebloan sites that were excavated before construction of McPhee Reservoir and other indigenous material from the Four Corners.

In addition to seeing portions of collections not on display, the public will learn about the research projects supported by the collections, understand how they reflect the cultural landscape of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and learn about care and preservation.

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