The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is opening two new exhibitions starting Saturday, April 27 that focus on the Jornada Mogollon Culture.
“Both exhibits feature the Jornada Mogollon culture which lived in the El Paso and surrounding regions from about AD 01 – 1450. Our area has been a cultural crossroads for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, much like it is today,” said El Paso Museum of Archaeology Director Jeff Romney.
“We offer a glimpse of our prehistoric past through photographs and objects from the Museum’s and El Paso Archaeological Society’s permanent collections.”
In the Language of Stone: Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon
The Southern part of New Mexico, West Texas and North-Central Mexico is known by archaeologists as the Jornada Mogollon. This area is rich in prehistoric rock art left behind by the ancient inhabitants of the region.
This exhibition will showcase petroglyphs and pictographs from iconic sites such as Hueco Tanks, Three Rivers and Otero Mesa, as well as lesser known treasure troves from both sides of the international border through the camera lenses of rock art experts, students and amateur enthusiasts alike.
Ancient Borderland: The Jornada Mogollon
The people known by archaeologists as the Jornada Mogollon inhabited the Borderlands since Archaic times. Although there are few remains of this culture that are generally accessible to the general public, these people lived in several pueblos throughout the Hueco Basin, the area where the City of El Paso and Fort Bliss currently stand.
This mini exhibition will complement the In the Language of Stone: Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon exhibit by presenting general information about these enigmatic people as well as showcasing a number of artifacts attributed to them.
The exhibitions are on display through September 14 and are free and open to the public. For more information, call the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at (915) 212-0421, or visit the museum’s website or Facebook page