Message #330:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Blackwater Draw Museum
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 21:55:33 -0700

From:	Tom Baker  

I was doing some aerial archaeology down around Clovis last month and
located Blackwater Draw from the air and photographed it.  The site is a
ragged crater, a gravel pit, in  an otherwise table-flat, limitless
prairie in this part of the country. I could see various small buildings
around the pit, just inside a gate. Later in Santa Fe I met a girl who
said she had worked at the Blackwater Draw Museum a few years ago, which
she described as being "across the highway" from the actual site itself.
My aerial photos show a big tarp stretched across one part of the pit,
which my friend said covers and protects a display of in-situ mammoth
bones for visitors to see. She also told me that the museum shows a
movie or video about the Clovis finds several times a day, or rather
when anyone happens to show up to see it. She said it was a pretty
lonely job.
The site is open to tourists, and there is a museum there. The
Blackwater Draw museum seems to be a closely guarded secret, though. 
The nearby towns (Clovis and Portales, New Mexico) don't seem to promote
or publicize it at all. Not at all like nearby Roswell pushing its
aliens-from-space scam; they must have sold a million stuffed green
alien dolls there this summer. Maybe some of those people would have
stopped at nearby Blackwater Draw to see something real, had they 
known it was there.
 Tom Baker
 Aerial Archaeology
 Web site at
[  A shocking revelation was delivered at the 1997 Pecos Conference
business meeting.  David Breternitz, listing those who had died last
year, gave the name Tom Baker (an oversight or misunderstanding in
reading the list).  Noting confusion among the gathered acolytes, Tom
Windes had to tell the crowd that it was not our favorite aerial
archaeologist.  The only thing that would have made the eulogy better
would have Tom buzzing the encampment just about that same time -- too
bad it didn't happen that way; Tom's ears must not have been burning
sufficiently -- SASIG Ed. ]