San Juan Basin Archaeological Society

Chapter of the Colorado
Archaeological Society

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


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Next SJBAS Meeting

Thursday, February 12th

Fort Lewis College

Our next general meeting will be on Thursday, February 12th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum in the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, Jason Chuipka will present: "Navajo Gallup Water Project Archaeology".

Jason Chuipka M.A. RPA is a principle investigator at PaleoWest Archaeology and heads the Farmington, NM office while serving as the Principal Investigator for the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Cultural Resources Project, the largest federal archaeology project in the U.S. He has 20 years of fieldwork experience and has been directing archaeological projects in Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado for more than a decade. An expert in the use of digital data collection methods, Jason continues to work with the PaleoWest team to streamline and improve the ways that archaeology fieldwork and reporting are conducted. Jason has authored numerous technical reports and regularly presents his findings at professional conferences. He has published articles in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and Kiva. Most recently, he co-authored contributions to volumes published by Cotsen Press at the University of California and the University of Arizona Press.

Annual Membership Renewal

It is time to renew your SJBAS membership; payments are due by January 31st. If you already have signed Liability Waiver and Site Etiquette forms on file, you do NOT need to fill out these forms again. If you have new information such as a postal or email address change, you will need to complete a membership renewal form. All three forms may be found by following this link: Print and complete the form(s) you need, write a check to SJBAS for the appropriate amount, and mail it to our Chapter Treasurer, Mark Gebhardt, at 107 St. Andrews Circle, Durango, CO 81301.  Annual dues are $23 for an individual with no Southwest Lore (SWL), $31 with SWL mailed; $30 for a family (two or more) with no SWL, $40 for a family with SWL mailed. Student memberships are $10. Donations to the John W. Sanders Internship Fund may also be made when you pay your membership dues. If you have any questions, please contact Mark at

Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Conference - October 10 - 11, 2015

The annual conference of the Colorado Archaeological Society will be held at Fort Lewis College on October 10 - 11, 2015. SJBAS and the Center of Southwest Studies are conference co-sponsors.

Events and talks on Saturday, October 10th, will be in the FLC Ballroom. Dr. Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian Institution will be the dinner speaker on the topic of “Kennewick Man.”  SJBAS, in partnership with Maria’s Bookshop, will have his book for sale. Dr. Owsley will autograph books that evening.

On Sunday, October 11th, tentative plans may include a one-day version of the Program for Avocational Archaeology Certification (PAAC) class on archaeological practices or a site form workshop. Other events for the day include field trips and a speaker scheduled for that afternoon. More details will be provided as the program develops.

We encourage potential attendees to book rooms early since this will be Durango Heritage weekend and a holiday weekend.

 Moki Messenger - February 2015



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