San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

Chapter of the Colorado
Archaeological Society
Lewis Mill

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Next SJBAS Meeting

Wednesday, February 13th

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 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. Shelby Tisdale will present: “Marjorie F. Lambert: Pioneering Southwest Archaeologist”. There will be a social at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS Foyer.

Marjorie Ferguson Lambert  

In a brilliant career spanning more than six decades Marjorie Ferguson Lambert left her imprint on southwestern anthropology, archaeology and history. She devoted her life to the study and advancement of our understanding of the presence of humans upon the landscape of the American Southwest in the past, as well as to the preservation of the arts and cultures of the living Native American and Hispano peoples of New Mexico. She became a professional archaeologist and museum curator at a time when there were relatively few women establishing full-time careers in either profession. As an archaeologist she questioned the excavation techniques of the day and developed new ways of viewing the prehistory and history of the American Southwest. She was one of the pioneers of ethnoarchaeology.


When Lambert joined the Museum of New Mexico staff in 1937, she was well on her way as an established southwestern archaeologist and was, according to Cynthia Irwin-Williams, "one of the first women to occupy a major curatorial position in the country." Even though this curtailed her archaeological fieldwork she now turned her attention to the preservation and interpretation of the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Southwest. Unlike other curators and scholars at the time Lambert considered the Hispano and American Indian people she worked with as collaborators. She was one of the first curators to incorporate the voice of the people represented in the collections into the museum’s exhibitions, a process that has become mainstream in museum interpretation in the twenty-first century.


Dr. Shelby Tisdale

Dr. Shelby Tisdale, Director of the Center of Southwest Studies, has over thirty-eight years of combined experience in museums; anthropological, tribal museum and cultural resource management consulting; and, university teaching. Dr. Tisdale is the former Director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. More recently she served as Vice President of Curatorial and Exhibitions at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. For the past three years, Tisdale has been the director of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Dr. Tisdale received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1997. Her B.A. is from the University of Colorado-Boulder where she studied anthropology and southwestern archaeology, and her M.A. is from the University of Washington where she majored in social anthropology and museum studies.  

February 4 – special lecture – Bruce Bradley at Noble Hall

On Monday, February 4th, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 130, Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College, co- sponsored with the FLC Dept of Anthropology, Dr. Bruce Bradley will present: "AUKward Proposal: Evidence of a trans-Atlantic contribution to the Ice Age peopling of the Americas." He will also bring along a collection of casts of older-than Clovis stone tools for people to examine.

Bruce Bradley is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter, UK and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution.  He has extensive experience with Stone Age technologies and experimental archaeology, with special expertise in flaked stone technologies. His early research focused on the North American Southwest and Great Plains where he has over 50 years of experience, especially with PaleoAmerican topics.

Along with these areas his research has included the Upper Palaeolithic of Russia and France, (specifically Solutrean) and horse domestication in Central Asia.  His current areas of research deal with the early peopling of the Americas (North and South) and prehistoric Pueblo archaeology .  Bruce is also active in bringing his archaeological and interests to the public through presentations, teaching, interaction with Native communities and participation in documentaries.  Bruce continues his research and is channeling his teaching efforts into international short courses and workshops, most recently in South America, India and China.

2019 Membership Dues

Dues for 2019 remain the same and should be paid by January 31. Please complete the membership application form and mail your completed form with your check payable to 'SJBAS' directly to: SJBAS, Attn. Randy Graham, P.O. Box 3153, Durango, CO 81302. Contributions to the John W. Sanders Internship and Education Fund are welcome.

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