San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
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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 Zoom Meeting - October 13th

On Tuesday, October 13th, at 7:00 p.m. we will conduct a brief business meeting using Zoom and Professor Patricia Crown will present "Drinking Rituals and Politics in Chaco Canyon." This presentation will not be recorded, so if you want to see it, you will have to tune in at 7:00 p.m.

Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Arizona, Patricia L. Crown is an archaeologist who works in the American Southwest. She has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1993, where she is the Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014. Prof. Crown has conducted field investigations in the Ancestral Pueblo, Mogollon, and Hohokam areas of the American Southwest, and has worked in Chaco Canyon since 2005. She is particularly interested in ritual, women’s roles in the past, and how children learned the skills they needed to function as adults. To get at these issues, she studies ceramics.  With collaborator Jeffrey Hurst, she identified the first Prehispanic cacao (chocolate) north of the Mexican border in ceramics from Chaco Canyon using organic residue analysis.  She directed the re-excavation of a room in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon in 2013, and the results of that study were published this Fall by UNM Press as a volume, The House of the Cylinder Jars: Room 28 at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon.

Date: October 13th
Time: 7:00 p.m. MDT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 8070 6701
Passcode: 578820

We have a limit of 100 connections so members should sign up a few minutes early. To participate, you will need to click on the link above, and use the Meeting ID and Passcode. This ID number and Passcode will be the same for all SJBAS-sponsored Zoom presentations. When you join the webinar, you should not see video of yourself. You will see Rege Leach, Janice Sheftel and our webinar presenters.  Please do not try to start your video or unmute yourself.  At any time during the presentation, you may use the Chat button on the lower part of the screen to ask a question to the Meeting Host. Q&A will be addressed during the question and answer time after the presentation.

FIRST TIME USING Zoom? If this is the very first time you have ever used Zoom on this computer, you will get a screen that allows you to download and install the free client software. You will be asked for your email address and the password that you will use whenever you run Zoom. Please note that this process can take a few minutes, so you may want to start earlier and get the software installed before the webinar begins. You may always close the program and come back later when it is time for the webinar to start. For info on installing or using the software, use this link. If you have any questions, please contact Lyle Hancock

Previously Recorded SJBAS Zoom Presentations on YouTube

September 8
, "Settlement of the Americas," by Dr. Jesse Tune

August 19
, "Detecting Domestication of the Four Corners Potato" by Lisbeth A. Louderback and Bruce M. Pavlik

August 12
, "Rock Art of Dinetah: Stories of Heroes and Healing" by Richard C. Jenkinson

July 8
, "Mosaic Water Features and Public Fountains in Pompeii" by Wayne Lorenz  

History Live Durango

History Live Durango is a series of events in September celebrating the humanities in Southwest Colorado. These events were organized by the Southwest Colorado Humanities Roundtable, a Durango-based, regional collaborative of nonprofit organizations who produce public humanities programs. This year’s program schedule will feature a diverse mix of  lectures, live storytelling, historical radio programs, and more. Most events will be virtual, and in-person events will be organized with proper safety measures. Check out the full schedule of events and see how you can get connected to virtual events: History Live Durango.

The Next 40 Years! – Volunteering for SJBAS    

Volunteers have made SJBAS a great organization for over 40 years and your Board is planning for the future. We are actively seeking members to help with a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteering can be as simple as bringing cookies to a pre-meeting social, leading a field trip, or even becoming a Board member. There are many ways to get involved.

We have developed a specific list of Volunteer Opportunities in a questionnaire format to solicit feedback from members who may be interested in volunteering in some capacity. Please follow this link to the Volunteer Opportunities List. We encourage members to print the list, complete the contact information, and indicate areas of interest. Completed forms may be scanned and emailed to Susan Hicks,, mailed to Susan at: SJBAS, Attn: Susan Hicks, P.O. Box 3153, Durango, CO 81302, or brought to our next meeting.

Crow Canyon Webinars 

If you were not able to participate in the Crow Canyon webinars, this link will take you to their Archaeology Webinars page where recordings of the webinars can be found:

Online Video Resources

Have you missed an online presentation, or are you looking for more? Check out these YouTube channels to stay up to date.

Amerind Foundation,
Archaeology Southwest,
Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society,
Arizona State Museum,
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center,
Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs Project,
Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures,
School for Advanced Research,
Society for American Archaeology’s “Archiving the Archaeologists,”

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