OCA research library
Excavated artifacts are documented through physical observation and using computer software

Research Capability

OCA houses and staffs its own research library, which contains an extensive collection of published, unpublished, and limited-distribution cultural resource manage-ment-generated data for the entire state of New Mexico, the Four Corners region, and west Texas.  On-line searches of the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division NMCRIS statewide archeological records are made via computer and if necessary by visiting the NMCRIS paper archives.  Other library and archival resources easily accessible on the UNM campus are the Clark Field Library, housed and staffed at the Department of Anthropology, and the main UNM libraries, which include special collections and map archives.  OCA also has immediate access to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and Museum of Southwestern Biology collections for compara-tive study, and maintains close ties with teaching and research faculty and staff in the UNM Biology and Earth and Planetary Sciences departments for consultation and project involvement. Over the past three decades, OCA has developed a collection of southwestern ceramics and lithic materials as well as faunal remains for supplemental comparative studies. These collections are also available as comparative material for students and scholars. To review the list of items in the collections, click on the link below.

Research Papers

OCA Ceramic Type Collection

OCA Lithic Material Type Collection

OCA Faunal Specimen Type Collection

To review the collections, please contact Alex Kurota at akurota@unm.edu.