Ake Site

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Ake Site
Nearest city Datil, New Mexico
Area 2.3 acres (0.93 ha)
NRHP Reference # 76001193[1]
NMSRCP # 424
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 2, 1976
Designated NMSRCP December 19, 1975

The Ake Site is a name for a prehistoric archaeological location near the town of Datil in the San Augustine Basin of Catron County, New Mexico, United States. It was listed on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties in 1975, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[2] The Ake Site is particularly important for the age and length of its use by prehistoric peoples. It has been dated during the Clovis period between 10,999 BC and 8000 BC, and during the Folsom period between 7999 BC and 5999 BC, making it among the oldest sites in the American Southwest.[3]

Other sites around Ake are not as old, with the nearby Bat Cave dating from 4999 BC to 1000 BC and nearby pueblos dating from 1000 BC to 1000 AD.[4]

See also[edit]


  • Beckett, P.H. (1980) The Ake Site: Collection and Excavation of LA 13423, Catron County, New Mexico. New Mexico State University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Cultural Resources Management Division Report 357.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ (2005) NM Registered Cultural Properties By County: Catron. New Mexico Historical Preservation Division.
  3. ^ (nd) National Register of Historic Places - Catron County, New Mexico. Retrieved 6/13/07.
  4. ^ (2005) Paleoindian Geoarchaeology and the Archaeological Potential on the Plains of San Augustin, New Mexico. Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona. Retrieved 6/13/07.

External links[edit]

  • Map illustrating the location of the Ake Site