AMDA Socorro New Mexico

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) will present its Thirteenth class offering, in Socorro, New Mexico, on October 27-29, 2017. The Bureau of Land Management, Socorro Field Office, will be the local partner for this class. AMDA is certified under the Register of Professional Archaeologists’ continuing professional education program. The goal of the class is to provide professional archaeologists with an understanding of current best practices in metal detecting, and to provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using a variety of metal detector makes and models.

The course is offered as 24 credits. There are 8 hours of classroom work, with 16 hours of fieldwork.

Fees will be $350 for 24 credits. The field sessions will be held at the site of Sevilleta Pueblo, located 25 miles north of Socorro on private land.

Sevilleta Pueblo was a Piro Indian community established during the 14th century. In June 1598, Governor Juan de Oñate and his Nuevo Mexico colonists briefly stopped at Sevilleta during their journey northward. As a consequence, a segment of The Camino Real (1598-1880+), the colony’s lifeline to Mexico, is adjacent to the pueblo.   Sevilleta pueblo was abandoned during the late 17th century as a result of chronic Apache attacks. Sample metal detection survey indicates the presence of Spanish Colonial and Territorial Periods artifacts including (but not limited to) chain mail rings, fired and dropped lead shot, clothing- and equestrian-related objects.

Class size is limited to 25.

Download the registration form here

Classroom session location:
Bureau of Land Management Field Office
901 South Hwy 85, Socorro, NM.

Lodging, AMDA Class, Socorro NM, October 27-29, 2017

A block of 16 rooms has been reserved at:
Day’s Inn
507 North California Ave.
Socorro, NM 87801

Check-In October 26, check-out October 29, 2017.
Day’s Inn phone # 575-835-0230.

10/26, 10/27: 1-2 adults $62.50 per room, per night, + tax
10/28, 1-2 adults $55.25 per room, per night + tax

Each room is non-smoking and comprised of two double beds, microwave, refrigerator.
Continental breakfast (coffee/tea, juice, pastries, cold cereal, fruit).
Call 1-800-363-2297 to book a block room.
Use block name AMDA when booking.
Individual’s credit card is needed.
Room cancellation can be done 24 hours prior to check in without any penalty.
Other Available Lodging in Socorro
Note: All stated room rates do not include tax and are based on averaging online bookings through Priceline, Expedia, and TripAdvisor, on July 6, 2017

• Econo Lodge, 713 N. California Ave. 1-855-849-1513, 575-835-4383; Cont. b’fast.
$65.00 per night

• Best Western, 1100 N. California Ave. 1-855-712-9836 575-838-0556; Cont. b’fast,
Indoor pool/hot tub
$89.24 per night

• Holiday Inn Express, 1040 N. California Ave., 1-877-859-5095, 575-838-4600
Full breakfast, in-door pool, whirlpool, exercise equip.
$117.00 per night

• America’s Best Value Inn, 1009 N. California Ave., 575-322-7376; Cont. b’fast.
$68.00 per night

• Super 8, 1121 Frontage Rd. E. 1-800-536-1211, 575-835-4626; Cont. b’fast
NOTE: bedbugs reported by a recent guest.
$57.00 per night

• Economy Inn, 400 N. California Ave., 575-418-6253; Cont. b’fast, microwave, refrig. in room.
$44.00 per night

• Comfort Inn & Suites, 1259 Frontage Rd. NW 1-855-849-1513, 480-568-6896
Full b’fast, fitness center