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The cavates in Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument were listed on New Mexico’s most endangered list of historic places just 10 years ago. John Mack, Angelyn Bass Rivera and Lauren Meyer got busy and documented more than 1,000 cavates, drafted a conservation plan for Frijoles Canyon and developed new technology to conserve and further document the built heritage.Today, these well preserved and maintained small homes etched into steep tuff cliffs from 1100-1400 A.D. are a delight to thousands of tourists annually.Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Brad Traver nominated Mack, Rivera and Meyer for a 2008 Heritage Preservation Award for their tremendous accomplishments. They will each receive awards for Archaeological Heritage.Mack is chief of Natural Resources for Bandelier and Rivera and Meyer are Vanishing Treasure Conservators.“We are so fortunate to have such skilled and knowledgeable cultural resource specialists on our staff,” Traver said. “They have a real vision for how to manage these unique park resources inside the park and in coordination with the agencies and partners around us. We appreciate that the Department of Cultural Affairs is recognizing their efforts.”The Cultural Properties Review Committee will present the awards at 2 p.m., May 2 at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe.
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