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SJBAS offers organized
year-round field trips, lectures, educational opportunities, fellowship
and camaraderie. Members share an interest in exploring the significant
archaeological, cultural and historical resources in the Four Corners Region.
Non-members are welcome at our monthly meetings, but you must be a
member of SJBAS to participate in field trips.
How to Join...
It is easy to join SJBAS - just
print and complete the
Form; sign the membership form, Liability Waiver and
Proper Etiquette forms; write a check to SJBAS for the appropriate amount; and
mail the one-page Annual Membership Form and your check to our Chapter Treasurer. Please keep your signed Liability Waiver and Proper Etiquette forms for
Follow this link to the
at Archaeological and Historical Sites
Proper etiquette at both
archaeological and historical sites is very important for preservation
of these resources. These guidelines are not specific to SJBAS members
but apply to anyone visiting these sites. Proper etiquette for site
visitation is similar to “leave no trace” ethics for enjoyment of
wilderness areas. Please enjoy your visit; after you have departed, the
site should be in the same condition as it was before your arrival.
There may be variations in proper site etiquette between land management
agencies and landowners, so please respect any more-stringent
1. Avoid walking on or disturbing middens. Middens are prehistoric trash
heaps usually located immediately in front of or down slope of an alcove
or cliff site. They are often identified by soft, charcoal-stained soil.
Middens contain valuable archeological evidence of day-to-day activities
that reveal significant preferences in pottery, food, tools, and even
treatment of the dead. Since foot traffic causes erosion, please stay
off the middens.
2. Do not lean, stand, or sit on
prehistoric walls, as your activity may weaken the bonding material and
eventually destroy them. Stay clear of more precarious sites,
since any pressure, vibrations, and soil compaction may result in
3. Leave all ancestral Puebloan
artifacts, such as arrowheads, potsherds, or tools, as well as historic
artifacts, 50 years old or older, where you found them. In their
original context, artifacts contain a wealth of information. Visitors
who rearrange their finds are robbing the items of their true value.
Do not eat or prepare food
within 100 feet of an archaeological or historical site. Food remnants
attract rodents that can cause significant damage to a site.
5. Do not camp or build a campfire
within 100 feet of an archaeological or historical site. Fires can ruin
walls by causing spalling, the peeling off of rock surfaces. Fires also
blacken the walls and roofs of the site. Not only are the smudges
unsightly, they also can affect archaeological dating.
Dogs are not allowed on SJBAS
field trips. Dogs damage sites by digging, urinating,
and defecating in them. Their actions can destroy fragile cultural
7. Do not touch petroglyphs and pictographs in any way.
Even the slightest amount of contact with the oils in human skin can
cause erosion of petroglyphs and destroy delicate pigments in
pictographs. Taking tracings can cause direct mechanical damage to a
petroglyph. Adding chalk or re-pecking petroglyphs destroys the
historic inscriptions. Often these names and dates inscribed with bullet
lead and charcoal are the only means to retrace artifacts in museums to
their original sites. Look for names like Wetherill, J.L. Ethridge, C.C.
Graham, McLoyd, C.B. Lang, W.J. Billings, Harry French, D.W. Ayres,
Emory Knowles, and Orian Buck.
9. The SJBAS is not a law enforcement agency and great care should be taken
when encountering persons in the act of vandalizing or destroying these
resources. Take pertinent notes, time, date, number of persons, their
appearance, auto license plates, etc. and report the incident ASAP to
the appropriate authorities or land management agency. If encountering
misinformed persons, consider opening a dialogue for educational
purposes if it can be done in a non-confrontational manner.