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Archaeological Society

a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
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Next Meeting - November 13th 


Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, Dr. Randy McGuire will present: "Building an International Archaeology in Sonora, México." There will be a social at 6:30 p.m. in the CSWS foyer.


The boundaries and frontiers that define modern North American nations and states had no significance for the ancient peoples that inhabited the continent. But these boundaries have profoundly affected archaeology. In subtle and complex ways, they shape how archaeologists frame questions, how they define their studies, what journals they read, what colleagues they talk to, where they go to school, what institutions they work for and dozens of other aspects of research. We seek to transcend these lines to understand the aboriginal history of Sonora as a dynamic phenomenon. Prehispanic peoples moved back and forth across the modern international border as if it was not there, because it wasn’t. Modern archaeologists have not been so fortunate. Sonora lies between two of the most intensively archaeologically researched regions in the world but the quantity of research in Sonora remains relatively low. We have attempted to change this through a collaborative international archaeology that expands our knowledge of Sonora and the Southwest United States.


Dr. McGuire is an archaeologist primarily interested in the development of power relations in the past. He has carried out most of his field work in the U.S. Southwest and is currently conducting a long-term field project in northwest Mexico. He has also done historical archaeology and oral history research in the northeastern U.S. In 2010, he completed a project investigating the 1913-1914 coal strike in southern Colorado. He is starting research in contemporary archaeology on the U.S. – Mexican border around Nogales, Arizona. In addition to historical archaeology, history and ethnology, his interests include quantitative methods, social theory, cultural resource management and archaeomagnetic dating.


PAAC Class in Durango – ‘Colorado Archaeology’ - November 22 - 24

Becca Simon, assistant Colorado State archaeologist, will present the introductory PAAC Class ‘Colorado Archaeology’ from November 22 - 24 in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at FLC. This will be a good overview for those who are new SJBAS members. Cost is $20 per person.

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24th, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  

This course is a general survey of Colorado's American Indian heritage. It discusses the various stages of prehistoric and historic Native American development, time and regional relationships, lifestyles, origins, social organization and technology.  Although an outline of historically known tribes in Colorado is included, the emphasis is on the Pre-Columbian era.  The course is necessary for understanding cultural affiliation and cultural use of a region.  Anyone remotely interested in Colorado archaeology should take this type of course. Follow this link to a course outline. If you are interested in this class, contact Tish Varney at

Fort Lewis College - Center of Southwest Studies - 2019 Fall Programs

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