One Hundred Years of Archaeology and Preservation in the Southwest


About The Pecos Conference

The purpose of the Pecos Conference, as Alfred Vincent Kidder put it in summing up the first such gathering, is to...

"...bring about contact between workers in the Southwest field to discuss fundamental problems of Southwestern prehistory; and to formulate problems of Southwest prehistory; to pool knowledge of facts and techniques, and to lay a foundation for a unified system of nomenclature."

Deliberately informal, the Pecos Conference affords Southwestern archaeologists a superlative opportunity to talk with one another, both by presenting field reports and by casual discussions. It is a chance to see old friends, meet new ones, pick up fresh information, organize future conferences, and have a great time.

In recent years, Native Americans, avocational archaeologists, the general public and media organizations have come to play an increasingly important role, serving as participants and as audience, to celebrate archaeological research and to mark cultural continuity.

Q: Why should an archaeologist (or anyone) attend the Pecos Conference?

A: To learn about the prehistory and history of the Greater Southwest; to create and sustain "strong ties" with colleagues; and, to better appreciate the power and capabilities inherent in the "strength of weak ties" (see Granovetter 1973 and Gladwell 1999; see also Lichtenstein's 2005 New York Times article about the Pecos Conference).

About The 2006 Pecos Conference

The tradition of research collaboration and sharing that began in 1927 at Pecos Pueblo continues in the San Juan Basin at Navajo Lake (near Bloomfield, New Mexico), under the guidance of dedicated archaeologists, tribal representatives, and local, state and federal agency sponsors...

This year, 2006, marks the 79th anniversary of the Pecos Conference, first convened by Alfred V. Kidder at Pecos Pueblo, New Mexico, in 1927. Because the Conference was not held during certain years (due to World War II and other circumstances [cf. * Woodbury 1993]), this year’s meeting will not be the 79th annual gathering.

This year is, in fact, the 69th annual meeting of the Pecos Conference. In the early 1990s, the numbering of the Pecos Conference became confused, when the anniversary year was substituted for the actual count of prior conferences.

Clearly, we cannot mend past problems with the numbering of the Pecos Conference. Our solution is to indicate that this year’s conference will be the 69th occurrence and refer formally to this year’s event simply as the Pecos Conference 2006.

Our unifying concept -- Everything at one location! After the Thursday evening Conference kick-off reception and registration at Salmon Ruins Museum, all events on Friday and Saturday will take place at the Elks Campground. To hear an entire suite of Pecos Conference presentations, to gain direct access to speakers & colleagues, and to enjoy the pleasure of saving on travel expenses, plan on coming, camping, and staying.

* Woodbury, Richard 1993 Sixty Years of Southwestern Archaeology: A History of the Pecos Conference. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. ( See also: Downum 1996 )

Special Note -- Upcoming Pecos Conference Locations

2007 Pecos Conference, Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos NM
2008 Pecos Conference, Flagstaff AZ