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New Mexico - Lincoln NF
Closed! Scanning for History through Metal Detection, Part II

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Baca Ranger Station (1907 - 1929) USFS Photo

June 24-29; June 30-July 3, 2019 (including weekends)

Must commit to one entire session; may participate in both

Join us once again on the Lincoln National Forest for a metal-detecting hike into the past! This project will be a follow-up on the work we did in 2018 (article on PIT website at: This season we will finish the metal detection of the north half of the site, and begin excavation on trash pits that were discovered in the grounds of the Baca Ranger Station– an area next to the Depression-era, Baca Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp–that was added last year, and yielded a great many artifacts. We hope you’ll come on out once more as we explore this fascinating area!

Number of openings: 40 (20 per session)

Special skills: This project was originally conceived as a metal-detection project, so skills in metal-detection are helpful, as is having your own metal detector (please indicate on your application if you own and can bring a metal detector). However, it is not a requirement for selection - we have had great volunteers with an abundance of knowledge in other areas (some who have said they would like to return), and if you wish to learn metal-detecting, training will be available. Previous archaeological excavation and/or survey experience is also helpful, but not necessary.

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: The project will be based out of a Forest Service Campground; tent and RV camping available at no charge, but no potable water, and only vault toilets; Capitan, Ruidoso, and Carrizozo are full-service communities with motels, RV parks, and other amenities; services vary and fees will apply; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, food, water, and transportation (if opting to stay off-site)

Nearest towns: Capitan, 14 mi; Ruidoso, 31 mi; Carrizozo, 35 mi

Applications due: April 15, 2019

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