ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) has recently been given a 2005 Heritage Preservation Award from the Historic Preservation Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The organization was awarded as a result of its actions when prehistoric Native American remains were uncovered last year while expansion was being done to its office building in Albuquerque, N.M. The ASRT's steps in preserving and protect the cultural artifacts were viewed as commendable, according to a release.
The ancient remains, along with prehistoric ceramic shards, were discovered indicating that the area was likely a prehistoric Native American burial site. To determine this, the ASRT sought the help of archaeologist Bradley Bowman, from the Museum of Archaeology and Material Culture, to evaluate the area. Bowman determined that at least 12 individuals were buried at the site which predates 1300 A.D.
The ASRT is located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Its property borders an ancient creek that cuts through Tijeras Canyon and may have been a popular foot route thousands of years ago.