Albuquerque, NM – Authors and museum curators, Joe Pierce and Joe Dan Lowry will celebrate their devotion to turquoise on September 25, 2010 with a private tour of a captivating prehistoric dig site in the Cerrillos Mining District. Cerrillos is the perfect setting for turquoise enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike, to enjoy a once in a lifetime celebration of history and culture. Guests will enjoy a private tour of the famous prehistoric turquoise dig site, a delicious meal and a meet and greet with Native American artists and leaders in the turquoise industry.

The site is located 50 minutes north of Albuquerque in Santa Fe County, NM. This dig site is not open to the public; the tour will provide people a firsthand look at how turquoise is mined and give attendees the full experience of a prehistoric, historic and modern-day mining area.

“We are very proud to open the mine up to the public for a special event and show guests the life of turquoise,” said Joe Dan Lowry. Some of the best evidence of ancient mining is around the Cerrillos area and specifically at the workings of this historic and magical dig site.

Joe Dan and Joe P. Lowry, owners and curators of the Turquoise Museum are celebrating the release of their co-authored book, “Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone” with a book signing on September 24th at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center starting at 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. The following Saturday event at Turquoise Hill starts at 2:00pm. The cost is $100.00 per person. RSVP and prepayment will be required. Directions and/or transportation information will be provided on Sept. 20th. Space and number of attendees are limited. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call the Turquoise Museum at (505)247-8560.

“Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone” is set to release in October 2010. The 256-page hard cover book can be purchased from and is priced at $75, but is now on sale for an introductory rate. For more information on Joe Dan’s lectures, traveling exhibits or group tours please contact The Lowry family Turquoise Museum is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 2107 Central Ave. N, 87104, near Old Town. For more information please visit