Publication Date

Spring 5-1-1935


A workman uncovered a small fragment of painted adobe plaster in the course of the excavating of the Kuaua (Tiguex) pueblo ruins, on Tuesday, February 12, 1935. These ruins are located on the west bank of the Rio Grande, one and one-half miles northwest of Bernalillo, Sandoval County, New Mexico. Gordon Vivian, in charge of the excavations, told me of this find and the following day we started to uncover paintings on a wall of what turned out to be an underground kiva. Part of the north wall and about one-half of the west wall were excavated, paintings were found on both. It seemed at the time that the best way to preserve these would be to make a plaster jacket for each individual painting. Trying to find a section, without paintings, through which to cut, we found that the wall was built in layers. Many of these layers contained paintings. (See Photograph No.l) The original plan of jacketing each picture that was abandoned after seven painted layers had been exposed.


Kuaua Pueblo, Kiva Murals


Gordon Vivian

Document Type




Degree Name

Public Archaeology

Level of Degree


Department Name

UNM Department of Anthropology

First Committee Member (Chair)

Edgar Lee Hewett

Second Committee Member

Mamie Tanquist Miller

Third Committee Member

Stuart A. Northrop


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