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Feb 22nd
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Mention grave robbers and many people think about Egypt's ancient desert tombs being looted. But mention grave robbers to two of the federal government's top archeologists in the West and they will tell you about the looting that took place in recent times at the almost forgotten military cemetery at New Mexico's Civil War-era Fort Craig.

The archeologists, Jeff Hanson and Mark Hungerford with the Bureau of Reclamation, spoke with OldWestNewWest.Com about a covert effort that began in 2007 to exhume as many bodies as they could find at the post cemetery after the agency was tipped off to looting that had taken place, possibly even as recent as a few years ago.
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The daily lives of the early Spanish settlers in New Mexico were made easier by making metal and mud into tools and objects. Out of fire, iron and clay craftsmen created the items necessary to build their colonial world.

Starting Nov. 17, 2012, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, presents "Metal and Mud"- an iron and pottery exhibit showcasing today's artists. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2013 and is a great opportunity for visitors and locals to see a variety of pieces similar to those used by the early Spanish settlers from several hundred years ago.
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Thousands of ballooning fans and enthusiasts from around the world will gather Oct. 6-14, 2012 at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The breathtaking mass ascensions featuring two waves of hot air balloons will fill Albuquerque's morning skies with hundreds of balloons on both weekends and on Wednesday of Balloon Fiesta.
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