San Juan Basin Archaeological Society

Chapter of the Colorado
Archaeological Society

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

Thursday, March 12th

Fort Lewis College

Our next general meeting will be on Thursday, March 12th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum in the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, Ali Scotten will present, "Iranian Archaeology: Magical Rituals and Social Identity in Sassanian-Period Persia".

Ali Scotten is founder of Scotten Consulting, a company providing insights into the sociocultural and geopolitical issues facing the Middle East. He holds a Masters in anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters in international relations from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to his career as a consultant, Ali conducted archaeological excavations in the Southwest United States, Iran, Israel, and Jordan, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. He also spent 11 years as a child in Saudi Arabia, where he gained his love for archaeology through visits to ancient caravan stops in the desert and searching for the remnants of the old Ottoman railway destroyed by Lawrence of Arabia, himself a former archaeologist.

Annual Membership Renewal

It is time to renew your SJBAS membership; payments are due now. If you already have signed Liability Waiver and Site Etiquette forms on file, you do NOT need to fill out these forms again. If you have new information such as a postal or email address change, you will need to complete a membership renewal form. All three forms may be found by following this link: Print and complete the form(s) you need, write a check to SJBAS for the appropriate amount, and mail it to our Chapter Treasurer, Mark Gebhardt, at 107 St. Andrews Circle, Durango, CO 81301. If you have any questions, please contact Mark at

Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Conference - October 10 - 11, 2015

The annual conference of the Colorado Archaeological Society will be held at Fort Lewis College on October 10 - 11, 2015. SJBAS and the Center of Southwest Studies are conference co-sponsors.

Events and talks on Saturday, October 10th, will be in the FLC Ballroom. Dr. Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian Institution will be the dinner speaker on the topic of “Kennewick Man.”  SJBAS, in partnership with Maria’s Bookshop, will have his book for sale. Dr. Owsley will autograph books that evening.

On Sunday, October 11th, tentative plans may include a one-day version of the Program for Avocational Archaeology Certification (PAAC) class on archaeological practices or a site form workshop. Other events for the day include field trips and a speaker scheduled for that afternoon. More details will be provided as the program develops.

We encourage potential attendees to book rooms early since this will be Durango Heritage weekend and a holiday weekend.

SJBAS newsletter Moki Messenger - February 2015

CAS newsletter THE SURVEYOR - Winter 2015



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