Twin Pines Village is an important Classic Mimbres Phase Site (A.D. 1000-1130) that has not been professionally excavated until this summer. Information regarding the types of architecture, artifacts and trade highlight the importance of this site on the Gila National Forest. Christopher Adams, District Archaeologist, commented, “This is the first formal archaeological investigation at Twin Pines Village and we have gained a tremendous amount of information on the Mimbres people from this work.”
The students spent five nights a week camping at the Beaverhead Workstation. For some students this was the first time they camped for an extended period of time and for some their first experience getting to know the Gila National Forest. The students learned the basics of archaeological excavation, mapping, photography, cleaning and classifying artifact types. In addition to the archaeological work, several well-known Mimbres archaeologists visited and toured this site for the first time.