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Chapter of the Colorado
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Lewis Mill

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Tentative Field Trip and Activity Schedule - 2018 

SJBAS members have proposed the following field trips for 2018. Please read General Information About Field Trips and check forthcoming issues of the Moki Messenger and monitor this web page for updates. Field trip participants must be current CAS or SJBAS chapter members; SJBAS members will receive priority for trips with participation limits. For information about these trips or to sign up, please contact the trip leaders directly.

This trip schedule is a "work in progress." Although we hope to go on the outings as planned, these dates and destinations are subject to change due to adverse weather or road conditions, unanticipated scheduling conflicts, or changes made by the leaders. Click on the hyperlinks for more information about trip destinations or meeting presentations.

In addition to the following trips, there are several important conferences scheduled for this year, including the Pecos Conference and the Colorado Archaeological Society annual meeting. Check the Moki Messenger or our website,, for details.


Tentative Field Trip and Activity Schedule - 2018

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January 10 SJBAS meeting  Richard Robinson will present: “Revisiting SJBAS Field Trips with a  review of their rock art and associated cultural theories: A Vision Quest.”
February 7 Special Lecture:  Jessica Crawford will present “Mounds of the Lower Mississippi Valley.” For more information, contact Janice Sheftel at
February 14 SJBAS meeting – Dr. Charles Riggs from FLC will present: Fort Lewis College Archaeological Field School Excavations at the Bowthorpe Site (5MT 9399) in Southwest Colorado.”
February 24 Galloping Goose #5 – ride the “Snow” Goose from Durango to Cascade Canyon Wye – day trip – The historic Goose #5 will make several stops along the way to Cascade. $127.33 per person (bring your own lunch or order for $13) – For more information or to signup, contact Lyle Hancock at Tickets are limited, so if you want to go, contact Lyle ASAP or phone the Durango Train at 1-877-872-4607 to reserve your seat.
March 1 - 5 Exploring Cochise County, Arizona - This is Gail and Marlo's popular multi-day hotel trip to Southeast Arizona. Destinations may include: Cochise College artifact collections, Camp Rucker and Fort Bowie, and the ghost town of Fairbank. For more information or to signup, contact trip leaders Gail and Marlo Schulz at
March 9 Special Presentation - Anna Sofaer, Richard Friedman, and Robert Weiner of the Solstice Project will present: “Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: New Insights into Chaco’s Powerful Expanse using New Technologies.” Sponsored by SJBAS and San Juan Citizen's Alliance.
March 14 SJBAS meeting – Mona Charles from the Animas Museum will present: "West to East and Kidder to Morris: a Historical Perspective on the Basketmakers of the American Southwest."
April 11 SJBAS meeting - Charles DeFerdinando will speak about the 1917-18 flu epidemic and how the D&SNGR train helped it spread.
April 20 CANCELLED Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Backcountry Sites –day trip – Hike several miles to remote Ancestral Puebloan sites. Trip Participation Limit is 12. For more information or to signup, contact Lyle Hancock at
May 9 SJBAS meeting - Ken Wright, of Wright Paleohydrological Institute, will present: “The Inca Road System, a World Heritage Site."
May 12 Yellow Jacket Pueblo Archaeological Conservancy – day trip - Jerry Fetterman will lead a trip to Yellow Jacket Pueblo near Cortez – For more information or to signup, contact Janice Sheftel at
June 8 - 9 Ouray Perimeter Trail Historical Hike – 2-day camping or hotel trip - Don Paulson, curator of history for the Ouray Museum, may lead the Perimeter Trail hike; trip will include Ute Indian Museum in Montrose and tour to Shavano Valley Rock Art site led by Alma Evans. For more information or to sign up, contact Joan Kellogg at
June 13 SJBAS semi-annual meeting and summer picnic - at Elk's picnic ground on Florida Road
June 18 - 22 CANCELLED Southern New Mexico (Mimbres Country) – 5-day camping trip - Three Rivers Petroglyph Site; Hueco Tanks State Park with guided tour; Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument; Dragonfly Trail petroglyphs. Trip Participation Limit is 10. Leaders are Paula Lutz and Candace Alburn. This trip will be re-scheduled for spring 2019. For more information or to sign up, contact Paula at
June 18 FLC Field School in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – day trip – Dr. Chuck Riggs will lead the excavation tour and explain FLC research efforts. After the field school visit we may stop at Sand Canyon Pueblo or visit the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Participants must be prepared to carpool, and the Trip Participation Limit is 12. For more information or to sign up, contact Rusty Chamberlain at
June 23 – 25 CANCELLED SMU-in-Taos Field School at Picuris Pueblo – 2-day motel or camping trip - Dr. Michael Adler (SMU) will be collaborating with Sev Fowles (Columbia U) and Lindsay Montgomery (U of A) on a field school studying indigenous archaeology at Picuris Pueblo. SJBAS members will tour the site and learn about remote sensing, site survey, and limited excavations in the Pueblo Revolt-era church. For more information or to sign up, contact Foxie Mason at
June 22 - 24 San Miguel Mission, Pecos National Historic Park, and Feast Day at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo – 3-day motel or camping trip – We are tentatively planning to visit the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe on Friday afternoon, overnight in Santa Fe, visit the Pecos Pueblo and Civil War battlefields in Pecos National Historical Park on Saturday, and visit Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo on Sunday, June 24, to experience the Buffalo and Comanche dances on St. John the Baptist’s Feast Day. For more information or to sign up, contact Rhonda Raffo and Jim Mueller at
July 11 SJBAS meeting - Susan Ryan from Crow Canyon will present: the "Northern Chaco Outliers Project" and discuss current excavations at the Haynie Site near Cortez.
July 12 Chimney Rock National Monument – day trip – Special tour led by Michael Stillman of Chimney Rock Interpretive Association. Tour cost is $25 per person, and the Trip Participation Limit is 18. For more information or to signup, contact Lyle Hancock at  
August 8 SJBAS meeting - Dr. Heather Smith – “The contribution of Southwest archaeology to our understanding of how North America was occupied by humans."
August 9 - 12 Pecos Conference 2018 at Flagstaff, AZ - Group camping event. For additional information, contact Foxie Mason at
August ? CANCELLED El Rancho de las Golondrinas (20 minutes south of Santa Fe) – 2 or 3-day hotel or camping trip - This living history museum is dedicated to the history and Hispano heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. Possibly combine with a visit to Galisteo Basin, Taos Pueblo, or another site with a focus on Hispano culture and history. For more information or to sign up, contact Foxie Mason at
September 12 SJBAS 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.
September 14 Haynie Site – Day trip with site tour led by Susan Ryan to visit Crow Canyon research dig. Sign ups accepted only after July 11th SJBAS meeting. For more information, contact Jim Mueller at
September 15 John W. Sanders Lecture Series - Dr. Aaron Deter-Wolf, a prehistoric archaeologist with the TeRochester logonnessee Division of Archaeology, and an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee University, will discuss “Otzi, the Iceman: a 5,000-year- old mummy found melting out of a glacier in the Italian Alps” at the Fort Lewis College Ballroom.
September 21 - 23 Natural Bridges National Monument - 3-day camping trip - Visit Edge of the Cedars Museum; visit Cave Towers site; hike to backcountry sites at Natural Bridges. Trip Participation Limit is 12. For more information or to signup, contact Andy Gulliford at
September 22 - 25 Northern Arizona Exploration - 4-day camping trip - Navajo National Monument - guided hike to Betatakin; Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments; Walnut Canyon National Monument; Flagstaff - tour Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, and explore Museum of Northern Arizona; Grand Canyon – experience Desert View Watchtower, and tour Tusayan Ruin and Museum. Trip Participation Limit is 12. For more information or to signup, contact Lyle at
September 29 Local Hispano Cemeteries Tour – day trip - Tour by Ruth Lambert – Trip Participation Limit is 20. For more information or to sign up, contact Joan Kellogg at
October 10 SJBAS meeting - Geri Hockfield Malandra will present: "The Ancient Sites of Ellora: A Microcosm of South Asia's Archaeological Past.”
October 26 - 29 Rock Art near Vernal, Utah – 4-day motel or camping trip – Tim Sweeney of Vernal will guide us to various rock art sites. Trip Participation Limit is 12. For more information or to signup, contact Tish Varney at
November 14 SJBAS meeting – Kristen Bowen, Lead archaeologist with Bureau of Reclamation, Western Colorado Office, will present: "A Federal Archaeologist’s work experiences in the Western USA.
December 15 SJBAS annual meeting and holiday brunch at St. Marks Episcopal Church
Other Related Trips and Activities Not Affiliated with SJBAS
March 8 - 10 Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists annual meeting in Longmont, CO
March 29 - April 1 Discover Bears Ears with Historian Andy Gulliford and Canyon Country Discovery Center
June 1 - 4 American Rock Art Research Association annual conference in Grand Junction
July 9 - 16 Explore the Canyons of the San Juan River with Historian Andy Gulliford and Four Corners School of Outdoor Education at Canyon Country Discovery Center
August 9 Mesa Verde Foundation Breakfast at Glacier Club
September 22 - 23 CAS annual meeting in Cortez