Tsi-p’in-owinge’ Pueblo

Field Trip

Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:00–5:00 pm, Trip is Full

Cerro PedernalCerro PedernalPhotograph by jared.Cerro PedernalPhotograph by jared.

One of the “jewels of the Southwest,” Tsi-p’in-owinge’ Pueblo is located on a small mesa in the Rio Chama valley. This multi-story, 1,500-room pueblo was home to more than 1,000 Tewa-speaking people between AD 1275 and 1450. Tsi-p’in-owinge’, which in Tewa means “Village at Flaking Stone Mountain,” is named for the extensive chert stone deposits found along the nearby Cerro Pedernal. Arrowheads and other tools made of Pedernal chert were widely traded in ancient times, perhaps more for the stone’s beautiful white, yellow, and rose colors than for its functional qualities.

Tsi-p’in-owinge’ Pueblo has a large central plaza with several small kivas and a great kiva, all of which are carved directly into the bedrock. This amazing pueblo, perched on steep cliffs high above the nearest water source, was constructed of stone blocks quarried from the volcanic tuff of the surrounding mesa and mortared with clay mud.

Our trip will be led by archaeologist Anne Baldwin, a member of the U.S. Forest Service Heritage Program with the Santa Fe National Forest.

Note: Access to Tsi-p’in-owinge’ Pueblo is restricted by a special use permit. Group size is limited to sixteen participants.

Activity Level: Strenuous, Tsi-p’in-owinge’ is accessible only by foot. The three-mile round-trip trail is steep. At the beginning of the hike, the trail descends 400 feet along a narrow ridge to access the mesa on which the pueblo sits, and ascends this same distance again on the way back to the trailhead.

Cost (per person): $75 includes transportation from SAR, sack lunch, and permit fees.

Trip Registration: To ensure that field trip registration is equitable, SAR will be using a lottery system. Please send your field trip requests (PDF, 728 KB) by mail—postmarked no later than March 9, 2012. Do not send any trip payment with your lottery registration. A drawing will then be held for each trip, and members will be notified of the results by March 23, 2012. Please note that memberships at or above the Galisteo level receive advance registration.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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