Stone tools have been around for a very long time. As long as 13,000 years ago, an advanced culture in this area hunted mammoths, giant sloths, and bison. As the climate warmed, smaller and softer tools appeared to hunt animals such as antelope.
Organic materials break down rapidly in the elements. Southern New Mexico, due to very low humidity, has some of the rarest artifacts known. Dry caves provided excellent storage sites for seeds, as well as tools.
The museum has an extensive projectile point collection representing the first inhabitants of the area and continuing to more recent Apache metal points.
There is currently a research project underway to identify arrowheads and other similar artifacts in the collection.
The Mimbes pottery display, as well as some fine quality Tularosa, Mogollon, and other forms, is world class.
This collection is regional in nature, allowing the viewer to make comparisons, and learn how these people interacted with each other and advanced their individual specialities.