Welcome Perrin Christopher!

March 2010

In March 2010, the OCA family welcomed a new addition with the birth of Perrin Christopher, the child of Senior Archeologist, Scott Worman and Erin Hudson.


NMAC Fall Conference 2009

OCA Archeologists Present Research Results from Albuquerque's West Mesa

November 14th, 2009

OCA staff presented papers and conducted book sales at the New Mexico Archaeological Council Fall 2009 conference held at UNM’s Hibben Center on November 14, 2009.  Powerpoint presentations emphasizing different facets of new research concerning prehistoric agricultural production on Albuquerque’s West Mesa and the adjacent Rio Grande floodplain were made by Robin Cordero and Alex Kurota, Scott Worman, and Richard Chapman and Ronald Stauber.  Posters were also displayed showing the results of the recent OCA West Mesa research, and excavations at the Scorpion Site in Alamogordo, the Conejito Shelter near Counselor, NM, and at Valles Caldera National Preserve. Rebecca Melsheimer hosted a publication sales table.

Fellowship Award

Robin Cordero Receives Hibben Senior Research Fellowship

September 2009

In the Fall of 2009, OCA Senior Archeologist Robin M. Cordero was awarded a Hibben Senior Research Fellowship for his dissertation research on the impacts of population aggregation and resource intensification on juvenile labor during the Rio Grande Coalition and Classic Periods.  This is the first time a Hibben Senior Fellowship has been awarded for research in bioarcheology.  As part of this award, Robin also is conducting research on the origin and dispersal of the Sopris peoples (ca. 950-1250 A.D.) of northeastern New Mexico.

Welcome Aiden Steele!

September 2009

On September 11, 2009, the OCA family welcomed a new addition with the birth of Aiden Steele, the grandchild of Department Administrator, Donna "NO G" Lasusky.


Welcome Lillian Cordero!

June 2009

In June, 2009, the OCA family welcomed a new addition with the birth of Lillian Cordero, the second child of Senior Archeologist, Robin Cordero and wife Melissa.


Welcome Ibrahim Saad!

December 2008

On December 22 2008, the OCA family welcomed a new addition with the birth of Ibrahim Saad, the second child of Systems Administrator, Adel Saad and wife Heba.


Archeology in Not-So-Perfect Weather Conditions

April 2008

Recent OCA survey in the Boot Heel area of New Mexico has tested OCA crews' endurance. Because the project area was located too far from the nearest hotel, OCA crews camped right by the US-Mexico international border. Strong winds common to this part of the state proved to be challenging at times. Yet, the crews survived even the strongest winds. Our colleague Bretton Somers of Gulf South Research Corp. recorded a video of one of the dust storms. To see the video feed clink HERE

OCA Field Crews Go Solar!

March 21 , 2008

As part of keeping up with modern technological advancement, the Office of Contract Archeology has introduced new means of supplying power for the electronic field equipment. During this month of March 2008, the OCA field crews began using solar panels to  run all laptops, charge batteries and lamps at a field camp. Read more HERE.



OCA's Peggy Gerow Becomes Doctor of Philosophy

January 30, 2008

We are pleased to announce that in December 2007 our friend and colleague Senior Archeologist Peggy A. Gerow has completed her Graduate School studies at the University of New Mexico and received a degree Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies. Peggy's Dissertation title is "TO DO MUCH WITH VERY LITTLE": NEW MEXICO'S FARM WOMEN AND THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, 1914-1929. The entire OCA staff congratulates Peggy on this achievement.

High-tech archeology workshop featured at OCA laboratory

January 9, 2008

On Wednesday, January 9th, 2008, organizers of the 2008 Society for Historical Archaeology conference visited OCA to perform a demonstration of a Thermo Scientific NITON XRF (x-ray fluorescence) Analyzer. Using the x-ray energy, the new technology produces a detailed compositional analysis of elements within different materials. Click HERE to read more about this technology and the event.

OCA Director Richard Chapman Reports of Archeological Project on Local TV Station

December 4, 2007

On December 3rd, 2007, OCA Director, Richard Chapman, was featured at the KOB-TV Channel 4   6 o'clock evening news. Dr. Chapman briefly reported to the news anchor Jeff Maher about an early historical- period Native American pueblo located under the proposed location of a future playground for Albuquerque's Alameda Elementary School. To read the whole story reported by the TV station click on the link below.

TV Story

OCA IT Specialist Gets Computer Technology Recognition

August 20, 2007

This week, Adel Saad, the OCA IT Specialist, was recognized by the computer software firm, Novell, for his innovative application of Multiplied SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop strategy to increase OCA and Maxwell Museum's employees' computer access tenfold, while reducing the costs of setting up a classroom lab by more than 80 percent. Novell placed this full success story on-line. To read the full article, click on the link below.

Novell UNM Story

OCA Staff Attend 70th Pecos Conference

August 13, 2007

The annual Pecos Conference now with its 70th anniversary, took place over the weekend of August 9-12, 2007 at the camp grounds of the Pecos National Monument, New Mexico. As usual, many southwestern archeologists and others from around the country came to give or listen to the papers on the latest research in southwestern archeology. OCA took an active role in presenting the research results from projects conducted during the 2006-2007 seasons. On Friday, August 10 2007, five OCA posters documenting archeological research from various parts of New Mexico were on display at the Poster Tent. OCA Posters

Children from Maxwell Museum Summer Camp Visit OCA

July 10, 2007

On July 10, 16 children from the Maxwell Museum’s Children’s Summer Camp came to OCA to participate in a mock excavation and other activities to learn about how and why archaeologists do their jobs. The children conducted their own excavation out back involving tracking and labeling artifacts and screening. Once back inside, they cleaned and analyzed the artifacts that they found. They shared their analysis and their experiences with the entire group. The children had a great time and there may be a future archaeologist or two!