Thundersticks & Coats of Iron
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado (1510 – 1554) led the largest land-based exploration in the continental United States conducted by colonial Spain.
From 1540 to 1542, the expedition had the first Europeans to see such places as the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, the Rio Grande, many pueblo settlements, and the Great Plains.
Matt Schmader, PhD, will examine the current state of knowledge and retrospectives about the man and his famed expedition.
Guided tour of a recently investigated Coronado site will follow.
About Matt Schmader
Matt Schmader has conducted archaeological research in central New Mexico for more than 30 years. He obtained a PhD in anthropology from the University of New Mexico.
As principal investigator on dozens of projects, he has excavated at sites ranging from PaleoIndian campsites and Archaic dwellings to pithouse villages, pre-Contact pueblos, and historic downtown Albuquerque. More recently, he has been focused on research on the Contact period and the Coronado expedition in the Rio Grande valley.
Schmader is superintendent of the City' Open Space Division, where he serves as City Archaeologist.
The tour is free, but registration registration is required.
To register, call (505) 897-8831.
Historic Preservation Month
This program is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month.