San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

Chapter of the Colorado
Archaeological Society
Lewis Mill

The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society... exploring, learning about, and preserving
archaeological, cultural, and historical resources in the Four Corners region since 1979.


About us


Field Trip and Activity Schedule



Reading List

John W. Sanders Internship Fund

Links and Volunteer Opportunities

PAAC Program

Field Trip Archives

Club Business

Contact us

Next SJBAS Meeting

Wednesday, March 14th 

7:00 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies

The next SJBAS meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, Mona Charles, Grant Project Director at the Animas Museum, will present: "West to East and Kidder to Morris: A Historical Perspective on the Basketmakers of the American Southwest." A social will be held before the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.

Mona Charles is a long-time resident of La Plata County with over 40 years of archaeological experience. She is perhaps best known locally for her work at the Darkmold Site with the Fort Lewis College archaeological field school and her more recent work as a researcher and collaborator on the reanalysis of the Falls Creek Shelter artifacts and human remains. Ms. Charles is one of several authors working on a book about their research at the Falls Creek Shelters. 

After a teaching career at Fort Lewis College Ms. Charles took a position as Collections Manager and Grant Project Director at the Animas Museum. She held this position until September of 2016 when the Animas Museum received a prestigious grant from national NAGPRA, and she took the position of Grant Project Director for the NAGPRA grant. Her work with the Durango Basketmakers provides her with a unique knowledge base to work on the Animas Museum’s archaeological collections.

SJBAS Quick References

SJBAS field trip schedule - Field Trips

SJBAS guide - Quick Reference Guide

SJBAS brochure - Brochure 2018

SJBAS newsletter - Moki Messenger - February 2018

Fort Lewis College

Life-Long Learning lecture series - Winter-Spring 2018 schedule


To submit material for the Moki and this website, please email it to

This site was last edited on February 15, 2018.


San Juan Basin Archaeological Society
All Rights Reserved