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, October 8th

Fort Lewis College

Our next SJBAS meeting will be held Thursday, October 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at FLC. Our speaker will be Dr. Tim Maxwell, presenting "The Place In Between: Casas Grandes, the U.S. Southwest and Mesoamerica".

The prehistoric town of Paquimé, in the Casas Grandes region of northern Chihuahua, was the center of the largest trade network in the Southwest. Many explanations have been offered on the size of the network, who controlled it, and its disappearance. The Mexican states of Chihuahua, Durango, and Zacatecas lie between the complex cultures of Mesoamerica and the pueblo world of the U.S. Southwest. Did Mesoamerican societies influence the people in these remote, largely desert regions? Were the pueblo people of New Mexico and Arizona affected by Mesoamerica? The nature of the relationship will be explored.

Tim Maxwell, Ph.D., is director emeritus of the Museum of New Mexico, Office of Archaeological Studies. He has worked in Southwest Archaeology for almost 40 years and in northern Mexico for 15 years. He has been a Fulbright scholar and is currently involved with historic preservation organizations in Santa Fe.

80th CAS Annual Meeting and Conference at Fort Lewis College - October 9 - 11

SJBAS is excited to be hosting the 80th CAS annual meeting and conference. Attending this conference is a wonderful opportunity to see what our state organization is all about and to learn about current Southwestern archaeology issues. Follow the links below for more information and to register.

Annual Meeting Information.pdf

Annual Meeting Registration Form.pdf

Annual Meeting Field Trip Registration Form.pdf

CAS Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Doug Owsley presenting: Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton

·     Steven G. Baker and Rick Hendricks: Juan Rivera and the Legend of Teguayo and Its Bearded Indians Who Looked Like Europeans: Lost Spanish Sailors or Descendants of Ancient Paleoamericans?

·    Bruce Bradley: Since Monte Verde: continuing developments in the understanding of the peopling of South America

 ·   Jason Chuipka: Sacred Ridge and the Animas-La Plata Archaeological Project, 10 Years Later

 ·     Kaitlyn Davis: Smoking Customs and Plains-Pueblo Interaction at Pecos Pueblo

 ·     Kathy Fine-Dare: NAGPRA at the 25 Year Mark: Compliance, Education, and other Obligations and Opportunities

 ·      Dave Dove: Power Accumulation, Expression and Transfer at Mitchell Springs

 ·      Pascale Meehan: Through Weeds and Water: Initial investigation results from the site of Zacatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico

 ·      Paul Reed: Protecting the Greater Chaco Landscape

 ·      Charles R. Riggs: Hearths, “Kivas,” and Households at the Pigg Site:  An Architectural Strong Analytical Case from Southwest Colorado

·        Cliff Spencer: Running the Circus from the Monkey Cage

·         Linda Wheelbarger: Ten Years at Point Pueblo

 ·        Mark Varien: The Pueblo Farming Project:  A Hopi-Crow Canyon Collaboration to Understand Ancestral Pueblo Maize Farming

 ·        Laurie Webster: Re-excavating Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah: The Thrills and Challenges of Working with Older Museum Collections

Registration for the October 11th PAAC "site form" class extended to October 7th

Kevin Black, Assistant State Archaeologist, will conduct the first "site form" workshop offered outside Denver on Sunday, October 11th. This one-day class will focus on how to transform field survey forms into final forms for the statewide database. To register, contact Tish Varney at before October 7th.

CAS Annual Meeting agenda:


 CAS Amended and Restated Articles and Bylaws - September 1, 2015

At the upcoming CAS Annual Meeting in Durango on Saturday, October 10, 2015, all members present will be asked to approve the proposed Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and the Amended and Restated Bylaws that the CAS Board of Directors has been working on for over a year. These documents can be found on the State CAS website: Constitution and Bylaws

Please review these documents and let your Chapter President or CAS Representative know if you have any questions or concerns. You may also contact Sharon Murphy and Karen Kinnear with your questions or concerns.

In order to vote, a member must be in attendance at the Annual Meeting.


SJBAS newsletter Moki Messenger - October 2015


CAS newsletter    The Surveyor - Summer 2015



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