Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument invites the public to participate in special events in observance of the 2nd Annual National Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Gila Cliff Dwellings in cooperation with the Archaeological Institute of America will commit this day to raising awareness of archeology and to providing educational opportunities for the public. In addition, Western National Parks Association will offer a 15% same-day discount on select archeological books at the monument store. Teachers and senior WNPA members will receive the standard 20% discount. Archeology helps illuminate the true diverse history of our shared planet. Here in the American Southwest, archeology opens a door into the past that can reveal important details about how ancestral peoples lived.
Two workshops will be offered at the Gila Visitor Center, one at 10:30 am and one at 2:30 pm. Park staff will discuss the basics of archeology, lead various hands-on demonstrations and then provide a tour of the TJ site. The TJ site, which is normally closed to the public, affords the visitor a chance to follow in the footprints of the ancestral peoples of the Mimbres Region who lived at the TJ site over a 900-year period from around 500 to 1400 CE (Common Era).
Tours of the TJ site will depart from the Gila Visitor Center at 11 am and 3 pm, are limited to 20 persons and take approximately 1 1/2 hours. 10 spaces on each tour may be reserved in advance by calling the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461. Participants MUST be at the Gila Visitor Center approximately 15 minutes before tour times.
Visitors should come dressed in layers, as the mesa top can be cold and windy, and wear sturdy hiking boots, as the ground is rough and can be muddy. For more information please call the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 or visit the Monument’s web site at www.nps.gov/gicl.