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, September 13th

The next SJBAS meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, Dr. Jesse Tune, FLC Professor, will present: “The Times They Were ‘A-Changin’: Life on the Colorado Plateau at the End of the Ice Age.” A social will be held before the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.

Dr. Tune’s talk will present a picture of what life was like on the northern Colorado Plateau at the end of the last Ice Age. He will focus on the archaeological record, as well as the paleoenvironmental record of the region around 13,000 years ago, and will specifically address the archaeological record of Bears Ears National Monument.

Dr. Tune is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Fort Lewis College. He specializes in Paleoindian archaeology, lithic analysis, and human/environment relationships. His research focuses on investigating the relationships between environmental change and cultural adaptations at the end of the last Ice Age. Currently he is researching the early human occupation of the Colorado Plateau and the Tennessee River Valley. He has led excavations at numerous late Pleistocene archaeological sites, and analyzed lithic assemblages from Paleoindian to Late Prehistoric archaeological periods throughout North America.

September Pre-meeting Social

If you would like to help with our September pre-meeting social, please contact Susan Livenick at

John W. Sanders Lecture Series - Friday evening, September 15th - Dr. Douglas Owsley

SJBAS, in conjunction with the Fort Lewis College (FLC) Anthropology Department and Lifelong Learning Program, is honored to present the first lecture in the John W. Sanders Lecture Series by Dr. Douglas W. Owsley. The lecture, “Forensic Investigation of the 17th Century Chesapeake: Colonial Jamestown and Historic St. Mary’s City,” will be held at the FLC Ballroom on Friday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a reception with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Funds collected from ticket sales will support the SJBAS John W. Sanders Internship Fund to benefit student interns at the Center of Southwest Studies.

Dr. Owsley is the Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and is considered one of the foremost forensic anthropologists at work today. Owsley is fascinated with the wealth of information that can be recovered by studying the human skeleton – not just the cause of death, but also details about the life of a person. In addition to forensic case work, he conducts extensive research on historic and prehistoric populations from North America. These include the remains of 17th-century colonists, Civil War soldiers, and ancient Americans – such as the nearly 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man. Highlights of his work at Jamestown and Historic St. Mary’s City were featured in an exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History entitled Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake (2009-2014). Owsley has identified remains from news-making crime scenes, mass disasters, and war zones. He received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. To learn more about Dr. Owsley's recent work, follow this link.

Tickets are available in advance from the FLC desk at the Durango Welcome Center (802 Main Avenue), by calling 970-247-7657, or online at Advance tickets are $10 plus convenience fees. Fees per ticket are $1 in person, $2 by phone, or $3 if purchased online. If still available, tickets may be purchased at the door starting at 5:30 pm. for $12, cash or check, no credit cards. Dr. Owsley’s lecture, travel, and accommodations are supported by the Ballantine Family Fund, a Colorado Archaeological Society Education Grant, a City of Durango Arts and Culture Grant, and the Rochester Hotel.

PAAC Class in Durango - Archaeological Practice in Colorado – October 14th

• Location: Durango (Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College)

• Date and Time: October 14, all day

• Host CAS Chapter: San Juan Basin Archaeological Society

• Contact: Tish Varney at or 970.259.4099

This course, formerly called Introduction to Archaeology,CAS, and PAAC, is designed to give new and prospective CAS and SJBAS members having limited or no familiarity with archaeology a brief introduction to the profession, common terms, and preservation issues. The mission of CAS, purpose and organization of PAAC, and relationships with state agencies such as OSAC will also be explained. This course is intended to provide interested PAAC participants with basic background information as a prelude to further participation in PAAC.

PAAC Classes - Fall 2017 - Class Schedule

SJBAS guide - Quick Reference Guide

SJBAS brochure - Brochure 2017

SJBAS newsletter - Moki Messenger - August 2017

CAS newsletter - The Surveyor - Spring 2017 


Four Corners Lecture Series poster - Voices of the Greater Southwest   


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This site was last edited on August 17, 2017.


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