As a child, I remember many afternoons spent searching for arrowheads in Kansas stream beds with my grandparents. My passion for archaeology was instilled at a young age, and years after those early trips with Granddad I found myself stumbling across the Colorado Archaeological Society website online and learned about the PAAC program. I’ve lived in Boulder County for over 30 years and had no idea these learning opportunities existed, nor had I ever heard of an “avocational archaeologist.” Before I knew it, I was sitting in my first PAAC class about rock art and found in archaeologist Kevin Black an excellent teacher. I was hooked.
It didn’t take long for me to become involved with IPCAS and shortly answered a plea to become treasurer on the Board. I jumped at the chance to participate in the Mimbres and Yellowjacket pottery labs at CU under the direction of Dr. Jakob Sedig and Dr. Stephen Lekson. And even though the September 2013 flood tripled my workload as a town planner, I have managed to complete a half dozen PAAC classes, participate in excavations at Allen’s Cabin in Allenspark and Mitchell Springs Ruin near Cortez, attend numerous archaeology lectures, conferences and field trips, and mostly recently joined Dr. Scott Ortman’s lab at CU on Pojoaque/Cuyamungue ceramics.
I am so thankful to have this opportunity to belong to such a dynamic, energetic organization with so many opportunities to learn and obtain hands-on experience in this wonderfully mysterious and stimulating field called archaeology. I can hardly wait to see what is in store for all of us in the future.