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The pre-colonial history of the Rio Embudo Watershed spans from 10,000 BCE - the likely arrival of humans in the Southwest - to 1598, the date of the first major Spanish colonial expedition into New Mexico. In the millennia in between, the watershed was a dynamic area of movement, settlement, and homeland for the indigenous peoples of the Northern Rio Grande.
The post-contact archaeological history of the Rio Embudo Watershed spans from 1598, the first instance of purposeful Spanish colonization in New Mexico to the present day. This history focuses on the everyday lives of those occupying the watershed within the larger trends of colonization, imperialism, and globalization in New Mexico.