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Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

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Blackwater Draw National Historic Site

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516 Highway 467 One mile north of Oasis State Park, Portales, NM 88130-9001
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Sam wrote a review Jan 2
Albuquerque, New Mexico23 contributions1 helpful vote
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I first visited in summer 2019. This museum is a must stop for anyone interested in archaeology. We went to the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site National Historic Landmark first. We paid $1 for students which also got us into the museum. The museum is fairly small and has quite a bit of information on the Blackwater Draw site, Clovis sites and archaeology, and some Native American collection materials the university has. I found it to have a nice mix of interactives and reading. For example, some objects were set out and could be touched. One area had manos and metates where you could practice grinding corn. A new exhibit was being installed while we visited that I could tell had more interactives too such as a small excavation box filled with sand and artifacts. We loved the gift shop items and I couldn't help but purchased a tshirt, hoodie, and water bottle. This is a great place to visit and support especially because it is on a college campus and staffed by college students.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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tomorrowsantiques wrote a review May 2019
Duluth1,125 contributions154 helpful votes
We drove through Portales and skipped the in town museum because reviews said this was better. Prior to Memorial Day, it is only open on weekends, so we went away disappointed.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Greg J wrote a review Apr 2019
Spring, Texas47 contributions14 helpful votes
We were interested in visiting the actual site but learned it wasn't open when we went to the museum. The museum itself is small and can be done in 30 - 45 minutes. The Miles Collection of pottery, beads, feathers and baskets took up 25% of the area. There were other items if interest focusing on general archaeology. We would recommend checking in advance to learn if the site is open before scheduling a visit.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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pygargus2018 wrote a review Mar 2019
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Other than some photographs and old news articles, there was actually little about Blackwater Draw in the museum. A nondescript collection of beaded Indian goods and a collection of pottery with no context did not make up for this. I came away with the impression that the archeological site had been ravaged by souvenir hunters and gravel mining.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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D R wrote a review Oct 2018
New Mexico54 contributions21 helpful votes
Clovis points found in mammoth ribs. Fantastic site with loads of paleo mammal bone in place. Nice in October. Closes in November. Nice one mile circuit walk.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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