Blackwater Draw Museum in Portales

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PORTALES, N.M. (KAMR/KCIT) — The Blackwater Draw Museum is found on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Most of the artifacts found in the museum are from the dig site that goes by the same name, some of which date back thousands of years.

Jenna Domeischel, the museum’s curator, explains what the dig site used to be. “So up until 13,000 years ago, there was this beautiful lake there. And a lot of ice age animals would come, as animals tend to do, to water all of the time. So, these animals would come to the water, and people would follow those animals. So we have campsites over there, we have kill sites over there.”

The site features bison bones dating back thousands of years, and is open to the public this summer.

Domeischel explains the importance of visiting museums like this one. “If you don’t visit museums, if you don’t come and learn about things that are outside of your comfort zone, you’re always going to live in a small world. The museum is the gateway to the larger world, even if you can’t travel.”

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