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 12th 

7:00 p.m. at the Lyceum, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies, FLC. After a brief business meeting, Larry Ruiz, together with Laurie Webster, will present his new film: The Language of Landscapes: Places in Time,” with a focus on the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project. There will be a social at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.

Larry Ruiz is a non-profit filmmaker living in Durango, Colorado creating unique, timely and engaging films and documentaries to show how important the ancient civilizations and their modern descendants of the southwestern United States are, and that it is still possible to protect what little of this early culture is left.

In 2012, Larry Ruiz directed and produced his debut film, Death of Place. The core message of the film was the importance of individual responsibility and stewardship of archaeologically significant sites. Waking the Mammoth premiered in 2014 and was Larry Ruiz’s second directorial work.  Filming the winter solstice burning of a wooden mammoth built in Bluff, Utah by local artist Joe Pachak and other community members, this ritual was woven into the intricate fabric of significant archaeological discoveries in the region dating back as far as 13,000 years. In 2017, Ruiz directed and co-produced 10 documentaries for the preservation series, “The Greater Chaco Landscape”, working closely with Drs. Steve Lekson, Ruth Van Dyke, several Dine and Pueblo Chaco scholars, and the National Park Service.

Additionally, he is working on a series of vignettes titled “The Languages of the Landscape”.  Each film addresses a specific regional archaeological preservation issue and tonight’s segment highlights the incredible work Dr. Laurie Webster and her team have done to help preserve the perishables on Cedar Mesa.   

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.

Save the Date - Saturday, September 15th - John W. Sanders Lecture Series - "Otzi, the Iceman"

Sponsored by SJBAS and the FLC Anthropology Department, Dr. Aaron Deter-Wolf, a prehistoric archaeologist with the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, and an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee University, will present “Otzi, the Iceman: a 5,300-year-old Tyrolean Mummy and the World's Oldest Tattoos" at the Fort Lewis College Ballroom. Tickets are $10 plus a convenience fee; they are currently on sale at the Durango Welcome Center or online at FLC Events. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

CAS annual meeting and conference - September 21 - 23 - Cortez - Schedule, Speakers, Registration, Field Trips

And if I buy one, I fund a scholarship AND have a chance to win a Navajo rug. 

What is the Alice Hamilton Scholarship?

The Alice Hamilton Scholarship provides undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Anthropology or cross-
discipline field with emphasis in Archaeology the opportunity to receive $250 - $750. Since its inception in 1978, the Colorado Archaeological Society has distributed 259 awards totaling $96,300. Funds come from raffle ticket sales, a silent auction held at the CAS annual meeting, and $1 annually from each CAS membership. Scholarships are awarded by CAS in memory of Alice Hamilton (a Denver Chapter member and avid supporter of Archaeology).


Recipients must be students of an accredited Colorado university or college.

What does the Scholarship cover?

The competitive awards can be used to fund r
esearch projects, lab fees, field school, tuition, books, etc.

For more information about raffle tickets, follow this link: Alice Hamilton Raffle Tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the August and September SJBAS meetings or directly from Janice at

SJBAS Quick References

SJBAS field trip schedule - Field Trips

SJBAS guide - Quick Reference Guide

SJBAS brochure - Brochure 2018

SJBAS newsletter - Moki Messenger - August 2018

Fort Lewis College - CSWS Summer Lecture Series - "Women in the Southwest"

Four Corners Lecture Series - 2018 Schedule

Mesa Verde Foundation - Breakfast at Glacier Club

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