San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

Chapter of the Colorado
Archaeological Society
Lewis Mill

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Field Trip and Activity Schedule - 2017 

SJBAS members have proposed the following field trips for 2017. 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.



Field Trip and Activity Schedule - 2017

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January 11 SJBAS meeting - speaker Michael Martin Ph.D. from Fort Lewis College will present: "Public History as ‘Speculative’ History through Archaeology: Pros and Cons."
February 2 Helen Sloan Daniels Collection presentation at Animas Museum

Mona Charles, Grant Project Director at the Animas Museum, will present a special talk for SJBAS members about the Helen Sloan Daniels Collection. For more information or to sign up, contact Janice Sheftel at
February 8 SJBAS meeting - Jeanne Brako, Curator at the Center of Southwest Studies, will present: "Navajo, Pueblo and Hispanic Textiles of the Southwest: a historic summary."
February 10 - 12 Exploring Cochise County, Arizona

This is Gail and Marlo's popular multi-day hotel trip to Southeast Arizona. For more information or to signup, contact trip leaders Gail and Marlo Schulz at
March 8 SJBAS meeting - Connie Massingale will present: "Provenience ~ A Sense of Origin" and “Utilization of Plants by Puebloan Peoples” followed by a business meeting.
April 12 SJBAS meeting - Jane Thompson will present: "The History of Uravan, Colorado."
April 18 SJBAS Board meeting
April 26 - 28 El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments, and Acoma Pueblo - New Mexico

This is a three-day camping trip to New Mexico. Activities will include hiking the Inscription and Mesa Top trails at El Morro; hiking to several Ancestral Puebloan rock art and habitation sites, historic homesteads, and a historic trail at El Malpais; and taking a guided tour of Acoma Pueblo, the Sky City. The trip participation limit is 16. For more information or to signup, contact trip leaders Lyle and Barb Hancock at or phone 970-764-4531.
May 6 - 7 Montezuma Canyon and Hovenweep Exploration

This will be a 2-day camping or motel trip to visit Ancestral Puebloan sites in Southeast Utah. On the first day we will visit either the main Square Tower Complex or the outlier sites at Hovenweep National Monument, and rock art sites and Three Kiva site in the Montezuma Creek Valley. We will spend the second day visiting surface sites, cliff dwellings, and rock art panels further north in Montezuma Canyon. All of the walks are nearly level and less than mile long. Overnight options include a motel in Blanding or camping at Hovenweep. Trip participation limit is 16. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Bob Powell at or phone 970-385-8949.
May 10 SJBAS meeting - Dr. Steve Lekson, Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado Boulder, will present: "Chaco: North and South." CU logo
May 11 Special Lecture - At noon in the Lyceum, Dr. Lekson will present: "The Mimbres: Dimples, Slip-Slop and Clapboard: What They Are and What They Mean.” This lecture is free and open to the public. 
May 18 - 21 Hopi Immersion

This will be a 4-day motel trip to Northern Arizona to explore the lands and culture of the Hopi. The trip participation limit is 10. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Rusty Chamberlain at
June 2 - 4 Uranium Mining and Milling in Western Colorado

This will be a 3-day motel trip to tour uranium mines and milling operations in the Naturita area. Among other places, we will visit the town of Uravan, the Hanging Flume, a few old mines in Long Park and some petroglyph panels in East Paradox Valley. Jane Thompson of the Rimrocker Historical Society will be our tour guide; she is also the speaker at our April meeting.We have rooms reserved at the Rimrock Hotel in Naturita. SJBAS members who want to participate should call 970-865-2500 to make reservations ASAP, mentioning SJBAS, and then email Janice to let her know you have made them. Follow this link for more detailed information. To sign up, contact trip leader Janice Sheftel at
June 8 - 10 Explore Canyon de Chelly National Monument - Arizona

This will be a 3-day camping or hotel trip. A Navajo guide will take our group on a day-long jeep excursion into the Canyon and a guided evening hike is also planned. The trip participation limit is 12. For more information or to sign up, contact trip leader Joan Kellogg at  
June 14 SJBAS annual picnic
July 12 SJBAS meeting - Janet Lever-Wood will present: "Weaving the World Together."
July 17 - 18 Tour Silverton Cemetery and Mining Museum and Explore Animas Forks

This will be a 2-day camping or hotel trip. Mary Beaber will guide our group through the Hillside Cemetery and Bev Rich from the Silverton Historical Society would guide us through the museum and trip to Animas Forks. Trip participation limit is 14. For more information and trip details, follow this link. To sign up, contact trip leader Joan Kellogg at
August 9 SJBAS meeting - Kari Schleher, from Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, will present: "Pottery Production, Learning, and Social Networks from the Central Mesa Verde Region to Galisteo Basin."
September 13 SJBAS meeting - Dr. Jesse Tune, FLC Professor, will present: The Times They Were ‘A-Changin’: Life on the Colorado Plateau at the End of the Ice Age.”
September 15 John W. Sanders Lecture Series - Dr. Doug Owsley from the Smithsonian Institution will present: "Forensic Investigation of the 17th Century Chesapeake: Colonial Jamestown and Historic St. Mary’s City." The Leland House and Rochester Hotel are providing complimentary lodging for Dr. Owsley and his wife. 
September 25 - 27 Ancestral Puebloan Sites on Cedar Mesa - Utah

During this 3-day camping trip, we will visit Ancestral Puebloan sites in remote canyons on Cedar Mesa. The hiking will be moderately difficult with some off-trail hiking required; hikes may be up to seven miles long and include elevation changes of over 400 feet. 4WD/HC vehicles will be necessary, but carpooling will be arranged. We will camp in the dispersed BLM campground in Comb Wash. The trip participation limit is 12. For more information or to signup, contact trip leaders Barb and Lyle Hancock at
October 11 SJBAS meeting - Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of History and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College, will present: "The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes.”
October 14 PAAC class in Durango - Archaeological Practice in Colorado
October 27 - 29 Nine Mile Canyon and USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price, Utah

This is a 3-day motel trip to visit one of the largest concentrations of rock art in Utah and to tour an amazing museum. For more information or to sign up, contact Tish Varney at
October 27 - 29 CAS annual meeting in Denver, CO
November 8 SJBAS meeting - Wayne Lorenz, P.E., Chief Engineer for Wright Water Engineers, Inc. will present: "Ancient Pompeii - Archaeological Features of Water Systems."
December 9 SJBAS annual meeting and holiday party
Other Trips and Activities Not Directly Affiliated with SJBAS
March 9 - 12 Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists annual meeting, Grand Junction, CO
July 8 - 10 Three-day Canoe Trip Hosted by History Colrado

This will be a three-day canoe trip on the Colorado River hosted by History Colorado and outfitted by Centennial Canoe Outfitters. Paddlers will float through the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area. Space for SJBAS members is subject to availability. For more information and to sign up, contact Andy Gulliford at
August 10 - 13 Pecos Conference 2017 at Pecos, New Mexico