Local Archaeology Events

Information for CAS Quarterly Meeting on January 26th, 2019

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where: OSMP Hub, 2520 55th Street, Boulder

Cost: Free and Open to All CAS Members

Written directions: 

From 55th Street, turn east onto Flatiron Parkway. Immediately turn north/left after the median. Drive north for ~500 feet. Turn west into the parking lot and drive to the western end of the lot. You should find a building with “OSMP Hub” signage. Go inside the main entrance on the east side of the building. 


  • Beverages and snacks will be provided by the Indian Peaks chapter.
  • Facility point of contact: Chris Driver (303-919-5132)


Click here for the September 2018 meeting’s minutes!

Click here for the most current agenda!

Click here for recommended lunch options nearby!


Contact indianpeaksarchaeology@gmail.com with any additional questions or concerns.


TitleDateStart TimeEnd TimeDescriptionLocation
Free Family Day01/06/20195:00 PM9:00 PMFree Family DayMuseum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO
Northern Colorado CAS Meeting01/09/20196:00 PM7:30 PMMedical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, CO
Familiar Images: Icons of International Frontiers01/09/201910:00 AM5:00 PMThis year’s symposium will focus on the art of countries who share frontier histories with the American West, including Australia, South America and Canada.Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO
Indian Peaks Chapter CAS Meeting01/10/20197:00 PM9:00 PMIPCAS meeting and lecture, featuring University of Denver graduate student and recipient of a 2018 Alice Hamilton Scholarship, Andrew Bair.OSMP Hub, 2520 55th St, Boulder, CO
Good Things in Small Packages? Investigating Pocket Gophers as Food at the Rainbow Site01/15/20197:00 PM8:00 PMDr. Meredith A. Wismer: Archaeologists often exclude the remains of burrowing rodents when reconstructing the diets of ancient people, as frequently these creatures intrude into a site long after it was formed. A surprising number and spatial concentration of pocket gopher specimens from the Rainbow Site (13PM91) in northwestern Iowa suggests that people
accumulated a large quantity of pocket gophers for use during the Early Late Woodland period (AD 550-620). Individually, pocket gophers may have had little to offer nutritionally; however, collectively their predictable habits, visibility on the landscape, and fat content may have made them a valuable supplement during lean winter months. This talk examines the possibility of pocket gophers as a “survival” food for Rainbow’s prehistoric inhabitants and explores how they may have been obtained and processed. Importantly, most methods for cooking and consuming pocket gophers leave little evidence behind for archaeologists to find, perhaps leading us to underestimate their use as food by ancient people. -- Denver CAS
Sturm 154, 2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver, CO
Pikes Peak Chapter CAS Meeting01/15/20197:00 PM8:00 PMFire Station #19, 2490 Research Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO
Biennial George McJunkin Lecture: The Archaeology of Slavery01/16/20197:00 PM8:30 PMDr. Theresa Singleton, professor of anthropology at Syracuse University, will explore what the science of archaeology has revealed about the lives of enslaved peoples, both in the southern United States and the Caribbean. Archaeologists have conducted studies of plantation slavery for more than a half century. Singleton will discuss the findings uncovered from 18th and 19th century slave settlements that provide information on the living conditions and cultural practices of enslaved peoples. Throughout the Americas, enslaved people experienced a similar fate, but regional distinctions are becoming increasingly apparent. The biennial George McJunkin Lecture, is named in honor of the former slave, cowboy, and aspiring archaeologist who helped discover the Folsom Site, one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.Phipps Theater, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO
Gifts of Women: Uncovering the Shocking Truths of the Spanish-Aztec Encounter01/17/20191:30 PM2:30 PMIt is time to upend the traditional tale of the so-called Conquest. In dramatically different perspectives and contexts, Dr. Matthew Restall places Cortes, Montezuma, and Malinche at the heart of a brutal and violent conflict—the traffic in enslaved and indigenous women and children.Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO
Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society01/21/20197:00 PM8:00 PMPeople who were different have contributed greatly to society. Many innovators, such as Thomas Edison and Jane Goodall, had an unconventional path to a successful career. What would happen to them today? Edison was described as an addled hyperactive high school dropout. As a child, Dr. Temple Grandin had autism and no speech. Being a visual thinker helped her to be more observant, in turn helping her in a career in animal behavior. She’ll discuss different kinds of minds: photo realistic, visual thinking, pattern mathematical thinking and verbal thinking.History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO
Creating Community at a Global Crossroads01/22/20196:30 PM8:00 PMProfessor Maria Montoya will offer a bird's-eye view of the southern Colorado landscape to talk about how the concept of "borderlands," or la frontera, has shaped the community in this region. Using examples from the Spanish entrada, the 19th-century fur trade, and the migration of workers to the Colorado Fuel & Iron industrial empire, she'll discuss the complex reasons why people have been drawn to this region and why they stay to make their homes.El Pueblo History Museum, 301 North Union, Pueblo, CO
Insights from the Past for a Warming World01/23/20197:00 PM8:30 PMMany of us have heard the cautionary statement: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” What does this mean, is it true, and how (specifically) can the past inform the present and future? Given the urgency of local to global sustainability problems, archaeologists must make progress finding and translating useful insights from the past for the public and policymakers. Relying on archaeological and dendroclimatological data and interpretations from the North American Southwestern past (e.g., 1100 to 1500 CE), specific examples will be provided that demonstrate insights from the past that can and should inform the present and future of a warming world.Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleontology Hall
1035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309
Center for Colorado Women's History Fellowship Panel: Discussions in Research01/26/20191:30 PM2:30 PMJoin our Fall 2018 fellows in a presentation of their projects and a discussion of their experiences in researching at the Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House Museum. This is a great opportunity to learn about their channels of research and about future fellowship opportunities!History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO
“Telling Nothing but the Truth”: Testimonios of Land Loss and Reclamation01/30/20196:30 PM8:00 PMIn 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Mexican-American War came to a close and Mexicanas/os in California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico were thrust into U.S. citizenship without the full benefits afforded to Anglo Americans. Their citizenship status was better categorized as de jure, not de facto. This lecture focuses on the Nuevomexicanas/os who were subjected to a new U.S. legal system through which they had to reestablish their position as property owners and navigate a second-class citizenship shaped by a racial hierarchy. Karen Roybal describes how the testimonios taken by the U.S. Surveyor General during land grant adjudication proceedings in the late 19th century also demonstrate the gendered terrain of the property court cases as Nuevomexicanas/os responded to a new legal system and its laws and customs.El Pueblo History Museum, 301 North Union, Pueblo, CO
A Gateway to the Infinite: Archaeoastronomy of the Aztec Empire01/31/20197:00 PM8:00 PMExplore the cosmos through the perspectives of the Aztec empire during this unique journey in Gates Planetarium. Learn about the pantheon of Aztec deities, such as Quetzalcoatl, and how important Aztec temples and observatories were often aligned with astronomical events. Using satellite imagery on the full dome, visit Tenochtitlán and other sites in Mexico that reflect the meaningful place the skies held in Aztec culture. Presented in partnership with Museo de las Americas. Gates Planetarium, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO
Saving Places Conference02/04/2019 - 02/07-20199:00 AM5:00 PMColorado Convention Center

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