Katherine Wells, founder of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in northern New Mexico, and Janet MacKenzie, project coordinator, will discuss their efforts to record 60,000 petroglyphs found on Mesa Prieta, and to educate the public about this massive cultural treasure. The American Rock Art Research Association awarded the project its Conservation and Preservation Award in 2005.
Wells, a mixed-media artist and writer, bought a 188-acre parcel of land in New Mexico where she discovered a treasure trove of nearly 9,000 petroglyphs, in 1992.
Seven years later, she started the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, with the goal of recording those 9,000 petroglyphs, as well as tens of thousands of others in the vicinity.
In 2007, she donated most of her land, known as the Wells Petroglyph Preserve, to The Archaeological Conservancy. Her memoir, Life on the Rocks: One Woman’s Adventures in Petroglyph Preservation, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2009.
MacKenzie, an archaeologist, became project coordinator in 2010, in charge of MPPP programs and activities including recording, database management, volunteer coordination and running educational programs. The program won a national Take Pride in America Award in 2011.
On Wednesday, April 17, the two women will discuss the Project at 7 p.m. in Montrose, at First Methodist Church on Park and South 1st St., at the monthly meeting of the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeologcial Society (all are invited; admission is free).
For more information, call Wells at 505/852-2055 or visit mesaprietapetroglyphs.org/.