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New Mexico State University Museum extends dates for current exhibit

The New Mexico State University Museum exhibit, "Cultural Interactions in The Gila Region," which was scheduled to close June 20, will remain on display through Dec. 15.

ibit features illustrations, photos, pottery and other artifacts of people living in the Gila region from 2500 B.C. to 1400 A.D. The exhibit demonstrates how the different cultures living in the region communicated and traded with each other, said Edward Staski, director of the museum.

The Mimbres, who are best known for their black-on-white pottery, suddenly disappeared about 1150 A.D., said Karl Laumbach, an archaeologist who has been studying the archaeological history of southern New Mexico for 27 years.

"There are a lot of questions as to where the Mimbres people went after 1150 A.D., Laumbach said. "One theory is, because of drought conditions, they changed from an agricultural culture to hunters and gatherers, which would explain why we don't see them archaeologically after that time period."

A different theory Laumbach supports is that the Mimbres moved out of the area into the Jornada basin and northern Mexico and then returned 50 years later. These descendants of the Mimbres brought with them new cultural traditions. The new traditions could explain the dramatic changes in artifacts from that time period, Laumbach said.

The Museum is located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call Sharyn LaPointe Hill at (505) 646-3739.