Archeology Collections - Introduction
Archeological collections include artifacts dating between 12,000 years ago until the mid-20th century, representing the activities of prehistoric American Indians, historically documented American Indians, and Old World immigrants from the 16th century on. Prehistoric artifacts include stone and bone tools, pottery, food remains, structural remains, and personal ornaments. Historically documented collections include American Indian and Old World immigrant tools, weapons, serving vessels, and personal objects. Associated collections include casts of prehistoric American Indian rock carvings, photographs, notes and maps from archeological investigations, and biological and geological specimens related to archeological studies. These collections are available to be loaned for exhibits or for study by qualified individuals and institutions. Some artifacts in the archeological collections are on display in our museum and other museums in the state. Artifacts are divided into time periods: Paleoindian, Archaic, Early, Middle and Late Ceramic, and Historic.
Human remains also are included in the archeological collections, but these are not available for loan or study as stipulated by state and federal statutes.
- Archaic (6000 - 1 BCE)
- Early Ceramic (1 BCE - 1000 CE)
- Middle Ceramic (1000 - 1500 CE)
- Late Ceramic (1500 - 1800 CE)
- Historic Forts
- Farms and Ranches