The 2020 Grant Cycle is now open. Submissions are due by October 19th, 2020.

In 2019 $3000 was distributed to three awardees:

$1500 to Thatcher Rogers (UNM), to fund two radiocarbon dates for the Box Canyon site in far SW NM as part of a dissertation project focused on providing robust absolute chronologies for large late prehispanic communities in this area

$988 to Valerie Bondura (Columbia U) to fund petrographic analysis of 19th-century plainware pottery from San Antonio del Embudo and Picuris Pueblo as part of a dissertation project focused on assessing community relations and trade networks between Hispanic land grants and pueblos.

$512 to Katherine Brewer (UNM) to fund archival research on previously excavated burials from Pecos, Hawiku, Awatovi, Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira as part of a dissertation focused on changes to mortuary practice due to Franciscan forced conversions during the early Spanish colonial period.


The NMAC Grants Program was established in the late 1990s to provide a source of funding for research, preservation efforts, travel, or publication expenses directly related to the mission and purposes of the Council. Grant requests specifically targeting New Mexico archaeology are given first priority. Since its inception, this successful program has distributed over $40,000 to worthy causes.

A Few Examples Include:

  • AMS dating of grooved curved sticks from the Maxwell Museum collections
  • Investigations of radiation exposure by prehistoric peoples of northern NM
  • INAA of Chuska Gray Ware ceramics consumed in Chaco Canyon
  • Obsidian procurement at Zuni Pueblo
  • AMS dating of atlatls in the MIAC collections
  • Petrographic analysis of sherds from Plaza Montoya Pueblo
  • INAA on sherds from Chaco Canyon and the San Juan Basin
  • Publication assistance for Thirty-Five Years of Archaeological Research at Salmon Ruins
  • Dendrochronology studies on culturally modified trees
  • Travel assistance to research Blackwater Draw projectile points housed in Texas
  • Lead isotope analysis for glazeware ceramics on the Pajarito Plateau
  • Residue analysis of White Mountain Red and Smudged Wares
  • Canada Alamosa ceramic studies
  • Faunal analysis for Chamisal Pueblo