Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

Thank you to the Denver chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society for hosting 2017’s Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Meeting! Thanks to all of the event sponsors and History Colorado!

Congratulations to Joanne Turner for her service award presented at the meeting as well as to IPCAS President Rosi Dennett for her election to CAS Vice President and IPCAS Archivist Kris Holien for her election to CAS Secretary!


The 82nd Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

Denver, Colorado

October 27th – 29th, 2017

History Colorado Museum


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The Denver chapter hosted the 82nd Conference and Annual Meeting of the Colorado Archaeological Society. Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Conferences typically include a day of presentations and a day of field trips all designed for the avocational archaeologist.

Keynote Speaker – Banquet on Saturday, October 29th

Dr. Michael Waters of Texas A & M University
Title: Forging a New Understanding of the Late Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas

Abstract: Archaeological and genetic evidence accumulated over the last few decades show that the 80-year-old Clovis First model no longer explains the exploration and settlement of the Americas by humans at the end of the last Ice Age. Evidence from archaeological sites in North and South America are providing empirical evidence that people occupied the Americas by 15,000 years ago. Studies of modern and ancient genomes confirm this age estimate and tell us who these people were and where they came from. This archaeological and genetic evidence is rewriting our understanding of the First Americans.

Biography: Michael Waters is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. He is known for his expertise in First American studies and geoarchaeology. He has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and is the author of “Principles of Geoarchaeology: A North American Perspective” and other volumes.

Sponsored by:

History Colorado-OAHP Co-host (with Denver Chapter-CAS)
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists
Center for Mountains and Plains Archaeology (@CSU)
Metcalf Archaeological Consultants