Two more tours have been added that round out the petroglyph and archaeology themes of CLAY 2017.
Join the guided tour of the Pony Hills petroglyphs 16 miles north of Deming, NM on Saturday, July 22nd. There are two main areas of petroglyphs, Pony Hills and Frying Pan Canyon, along the old Butterfield trail dating from between 600 and 1200 A.D. Ernie Valles will describe the surrounding landscape and history of the area on this 1 - 1.5 mile hike.
On Wednesday, July 26th, you can tour a site that contains prehistoric ruins of the Mimbres Culture dating back to 400 AD. Marilyn Markel, Grant County Archaeological Society, will present a power point history talk and take participants on the Mattocks Ruin trail walk. The Mattocks Ruin is a large pit-house and pueblo village: approximately 1000 years ago, a Mimbres pueblo was built at this site on top of an earlier pit-house village. Also on site are two territorial adobe houses dating from 1882 (Dr. Granville Wood home) and 1895 ( Benjamin Gooch house) built during the homestead years. Learn about the history of the Mimbres Valley and its inhabitants over the centuries through the investigation of these structures and sites.