Museum of Archaeology

Seeking Volunteers
Volunteer Recruiting Statement

The Museum of Archaeology focuses on the prehistory of the El Paso/Juárez region. You can assist us with fund raising, artifact collections care and record keeping, exhibit installation, tours for children and adults, presentations in school classrooms, information tables at community events, summer archaeology camps, a variety of tasks connected with special events and programs, and maintenance of our 15 acre site including trails and an Indian Garden. We welcome those with special talents such as photography, gardening, arts and crafts, music, computers, graphics, preschool through adult teaching experience, grant writing, marketing, public relations, and more. Contact us for details at 915-755-4332 or archaeologymuseum@elpasotexas.gov.


May 2009

Sunday, May 31st 2009, 2:00 pm

Temple of the Warriors: Rebuilding a Maya Monument

Exhibit Opening, Presentation and Reception

Free Admission
On May 31st the El Paso Museum of Archaeology will open the traveling exhibit, Temple of the Warriors: Rebuilding a Maya Monument. At 2:00 pm that day museum director Marc Thompson will present an overview of the exhibit. Yucatecan refreshments will be available following the presentation.
The exhibit, on loan from the University of Colorado Museum Traveling Exhibitions, will be on view from through October 4th 2009. It provides a look at both the archaeological phases of the restoration as well as the professional and personal experiences of the staff involved.
Revealed through the eyes of two individuals who lived it, Earl and Ann Morris, this exhibit is the story of one of the greatest archaeological efforts to ever take place in México. In 1924, archaeologist Earl H. Morris of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C. and his artist wife Ann Axtell Morris were part of an unparalleled restoration effort at the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, México.

In a landmark agreement with the Mexican government, only scientific information would be gathered, leaving all cultural material at the site. Upon completion, knowledge gained through excavation provided an unprecedented insight into one of the greatest ancient civilizations of the Americas.

For information contact 915-755-4332 or guidamr@elpasotexas.gov


June 2009

Saturday, June 13th 2009, 2:00 pm

A Musical Journey Into Ancient Mexico: A Family Workshop

Free Admission

On Saturday, June 13th 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, the musical group CEIBA will lead families with children age six years and up in a creative exploration of art and music inspired by the ancient Maya and their neighbors. This workshop will be held in the El Paso Museum of Archaeology’s auditorium, location of the current exhibit Temple of the Warriors: Rebuilding a Maya Monument.

For more information: (915) 755-4332 or guidamr@elpasotexas.gov

Saturday, June 20th 2009, 2:00 pm
Chichen Itza: The Site, the City, and the Cenote

Illustrated Presentation

Free Admission
This illustrated presentation by museum director Marc Thompson discusses the history of exploration, interpretation, and the significance of the ancient Maya urban center of Chichen Itza. This program is held in conjunction with the temporary exhibit Temple of the Warriors: Rebuilding a Maya Monument.

For more information: (915) 755-4332 or guidamr@elpasotexas.gov.


July/August 2009

1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 July 2009, noon

Zip Tours of the exhibit Temple of the Warriors: Rebuilding a Maya Monument

Free Admission

Join Marc Thompson, museum director, any Wednesday during the month of July at noon for an in-depth tour of this temporary exhibit in the auditorium gallery.

For more information: (915) 755-4332 or guidamr@elpasotexas.gov.

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 2:00 pm

Chichen Itza and Tula, Hidalgo: Tales of Two Cities

Illustrated Presentation

Free Admission

Which came first, Chichen or Tula? This question has vexed archaeologists for generations and answers reflect the century in which the question is asked. Museum director Marc Thompson will present an illustrated lecture and discuss the latest explanations and why opinions have varied since the site of Tula, Hidalgo, México was recognized as the Toltec capital. This program is held in conjunction with the temporary exhibit Temple of the Warriors: Rebuilding a Maya Monument.

For more information: (915) 755-4332 or guidamr@elpasotexas.gov.

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