Changing Exhibits

From the Edge of Center: The Chacoan Outliers

January 25, 2020 – September 5, 2020

The Chacoan Culture flourished between AD 860-1150 and was originally centered at Chaco Canyon in Northwestern New Mexico. The Chacoans built immense great houses and great kivas capable of hosting large groups of peoples for ceremonies and other public activities.

While Chacoan Culture was centered within the canyon, its influence extended much further out. Throughout the San Juan Basin to the north as well as far south as the Zuni Mountains, there can be found outlying great houses that share many of the same features as those in Chaco Canyon, although generally on a smaller scale. Outlying great houses and great kivas have been found at Aztec Ruin and Salmon Ruin, both dating to the mid-12th and early 13th centuries, which show clear evidence of not only the spread of the Chacoan system, but also the continuation of Chacoan traditions beyond the decline of the Chacoan Heartland after AD 1150.

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is proud to present this exhibition in cooperation with Salmon Ruins and the San Juan County Museum Association.

From the edge of center the chacoan outliners



Ancient Visions: The Photography of Wayne Suggs

February 15 - July 25, 2020

The Southwest is filled with the imagery and remnants of the ancient peoples who have lived here for untold generations. These beautiful places have the power to rouse the imagination and evoke grand visions of the past in both local people and visitors alike.

Ancient Visions Wayne Suggs Exhibits page Website

Wayne Suggs is a photographer from Las Cruces, New Mexico who specializes in taking spectacular landscape and nighttime photographs. Wayne captures the spectacular beauty of the landscape and shares his images not only for others to enjoy, but to help raise awareness of the need to preserve the natural beauty of the Southwest. The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is pleased to present his work focused on many of the prehistoric sites and rock art panels throughout Southern New Mexico and the Southwest.