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.


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Next SJBAS Meeting

Wednesday, October 10th 

7:00 p.m. at the Lyceum, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies, FLC. After a brief business meeting, Geri Hockfield Malandra will present: The Ancient Sites of Ellora: A Microcosm of South Asia's Archaeological Past. There will be a social at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.

Dr. Malandra has been traveling to and studying India since the early 1970s.  As an undergraduate, she pursued an interdisciplinary degree in archaeology and anthropology at Carleton College in Minnesota.  She had the great good fortune to study as well with Elden Johnson, the state archeologist who was one of the first American scholars to collect and document the middle-Paleolithic chopper culture of Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  So, her first encounter with ancient South Asian material culture was truly ancient: cataloguing stone-age choppers in Dr. Johnson’s archive at the University of Minnesota. 

Her interdisciplinary studies moved her later in time, however, toward ancient history, languages, and art of the Near East and India.  She studied both Sumerian and Sanskrit, preparing for research in both regions.  Ultimately, her research focused on the ancient historic era of India.  But, she feels strongly that her early training as an archaeologist provided a crucial foundation for systematic observation, documentation, and interpretation of evidence for ancient cultures.

She received her Ph.D. in Ancient Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she taught Ancient Near Eastern History and World History.  She is the author of Unfolding a Mandala:  The Buddhist Cave Temples of Ellora (SUNY Press, 1983), and numerous articles and presentations on ancient South Asian coins and Buddhist art.  

Her professional career included policy and executive roles at the National Federation of State Humanities Councils, the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas System, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Council on Education, Kaplan University, and currently as a trustee of Ashford University. 

Geri lives in Durango with her husband, William Malandra, and their Olde English Bulldogge, Winston.  Now semi-retired, she currently serves La Plata County as a Planning Commissioner and member of the county’s Board of Adjustment.

CAS annual meeting and conference - September 21 - 23 - Cortez - Schedule, Speakers, Registration, Field Trips

And if I buy one, I fund a scholarship AND have a chance to win a Navajo rug. 

What is the Alice Hamilton Scholarship?

The Alice Hamilton Scholarship provides undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Anthropology or cross-
discipline field with emphasis in Archaeology the opportunity to receive $250 - $750. Since its inception in 1978, the Colorado Archaeological Society has distributed 259 awards totaling $96,300. Funds come from raffle ticket sales, a silent auction held at the CAS annual meeting, and $1 annually from each CAS membership. Scholarships are awarded by CAS in memory of Alice Hamilton (a Denver Chapter member and avid supporter of Archaeology).


Recipients must be students of an accredited Colorado university or college.

What does the Scholarship cover?

The competitive awards can be used to fund r
esearch projects, lab fees, field school, tuition, books, etc.

For more information about raffle tickets, follow this link: Alice Hamilton Raffle Tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the August and September SJBAS meetings or directly from Janice at

SJBAS Quick References

SJBAS field trip schedule - Field Trips

SJBAS guide - Quick Reference Guide

SJBAS brochure - Brochure 2018

SJBAS newsletter - Moki Messenger - September 2018

Life-Long Learning Lecture Series - Fall 2018 Schedule

Fort Lewis College - CSWS Summer Lecture Series - "Women in the Southwest"

Four Corners Lecture Series - 2018 Schedule

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