San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
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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Semi-annual SJBAS Meeting and Picnic - June 12th

Our semi-annual meeting and picnic will be held on Wednesday, June 12th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Edgemont Ranch Picnic Ground on Florida Road. To get to the picnic area, take Florida Road east toward Edgemont Ranch. Go past the second Edgemont Ranch entrance on the right and then shortly after look for the sign to the picnic area on the right. Turn right and proceed to parking area.


SJBAS will provide brats, hotdogs, buns, condiments, disposable tableware, bottled water, iced tea and lemonade. To complete our meal, we are asking participants whose last names begin with A through F to bring a side dish; G through K, a salad; L through R, an appetizer; and S through Z, a dessert. You are welcome to bring your favorite beverage.


You may bring family members, friends, and prospective new members. We need a head count, so we know how much food to order. Please RSVP to Foxie Mason at or 970-247-0252 or Susan Hicks at or 970-247-3681 by June 4th. Please respond by that date so we can place our food orders before the picnic.

We need a few volunteers to help set up and clean up, and we also need cooks to grill the brats and hotdogs. To volunteer, please contact Susan at or 970-247-3681.

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 31 – June 3. 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.

PAAC Fieldwork Project – July 7 – 20 - Lone Mesa (near Dolores, Colorado)

A summer fieldwork project for the Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) will be held July 7 to July 20 (with breaks for the weekend). Folks are welcome to sign up for any portion of the session. The location is Lone Mesa, northwest of Dolores, Colorado. This project will involve a variety of accessibility - some places will be nice and flat, others, not so much (and potentially rugged). The focus will be surveying areas of interest to Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff in planning for the future of this piece of state property. Cultural resources expected to be identified and recorded include historic Ute and Anglo sites as well as Archaic sites.

Having some sort of experience in archaeology (volunteer, PAAC class, former professional experience, etc.) is ideal, but as this is part of PAAC, there will be a lot of on-the-ground training. There are opportunities to get up to speed with conducting a survey: the first is through the Basic Site Survey class being taught in Boulder (see the PAAC class schedule for dates and location) which starts next week. I am also working to have the Basic Site Survey class held in Cortez in May.

-    Rebecca Lynn Simon, Assistant State Archaeologist and State PAAC Coordinator

-    Contact:  303-866-4671 

Four Corners Lecture Series

The Four Corners Lecture Series is produced by several local organizations who sponsor speakers each year. The series features presentations on the archeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners Region. Guest lecturers will share their knowledge, interpretations, and experiences in the Four Corners. The following lectures for 2019 are free and open to the public: 2019 Schedule.


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Moki Messenger - May 2019

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This site was last edited on May 9, 2019.


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