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.


About us


Field Trip and Activity Schedule



Reading List

John W. Sanders Internship Fund

Links and Volunteer Opportunities

PAAC Program

Field Trip Archives

Club Business

Contact us

Next SJBAS Meeting - May 8th


Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a short business meeting, Laurie Webster and Chuck LaRue will present: “Ancient Woodworking, Animal Use, and Hunting Practices in Southeastern Utah: New Research from the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project.” There will be a social at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.

Dr. Laurie Webster is a specialist in the perishable material culture of the Southwest. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona and is a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Her publications include Beyond Cloth and Cordage: Archaeological Textile Research in the Americas and numerous articles about Southwestern weaving and other perishable technologies. She has worked with perishable assemblages from Canyon de Chelly, Salmon Ruins, Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruins, and many other archaeological sites, as well as historic collections of Navajo and Pueblo textiles. In 2011, she founded the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project. She lives in Mancos, Colorado, where she works as a textile consultant.

Chuck LaRue is a wildlife biologist who specializes in the natural history of the Colorado Plateau. He has conducted bird and vegetation surveys for the National Park Service, Peabody Coal, and the Navajo tribe. He conducts the feather, fur, wood, and hide analysis for the Perishables Project.

Upcoming PAAC Class in Durango – Geophysics and Remote Sensing - May 31 – June 3

Geophysics and Remote Sensing
will be the next PAAC class offered in Durango from May 31st – June 3rd. The class will take place at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. For more information, contact SJBAS PAAC Coordinator, Tish Varney, at or 970-259-4099.

SJBAS Quick References

     Field Trips

     Quick Reference Guide

     Brochure 2019

Moki Messenger - April 2019

To submit material for the Moki Messenger and this website, please email it to

This site was last edited on April 18, 2019.


San Juan Basin Archaeological Society
All Rights Reserved