Previous Next / Reserve Area Archaeological Project The Reserve Area Archaeological Project (RAAP) is investigating changes in population density, settlement location, subsistence strategies, paleoclimate, social dynamics, resource availability, and the structure and practices of communities in the mountainous Gila National Forest near Reserve, New Mexico. Our work focuses on the Pithouse through Pueblo periods (ca. 200–1350 CE) in this region. Little archaeological research has been undertaken in this area since the 1950s, and there is still much to discover about how people lived there in the past. This project brings together many datasets, including existing collections in Chicago’s Field Museum that were excavated between 1939 and 1955, Geographic Information Systems data from the US Forest Service, paleoclimate data, and new research that focuses on noninvasive methods and excavation. To date, fieldwork has consisted of relocating and rerecording archaeological sites, locating new sites through pedestrian survey, employing remote sensing techniques (including ground-penetrating radar) at some of the sites, and excavation at the Torriette Lakes Great Kiva site. Our work is made possible through collaborations with the United States Forest Service, the Zuni Tribe, Deborah Huntley, PhD, and Erin Baxter, PhD.