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IPCAS meets at the Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks Department “Hub” office at 2520 55th Street, Boulder. 


When: Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm 
Where: OSMP Hub, 2520 55th Street, Boulder
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Holiday Potluck Party

Come one and all to the IPCAS Holiday Potluck Party! Bring your family, friends, and a dish to share to the OSMP Hub on December 13th for a night of merriment. Try flintknapping, make yucca cordage, create your own petroglyph panel, practice your dart throw, and enjoy live music with the chapter!

Let us know what you’re bringing: click here to sign up to bring a dish! 


When: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: OSMP Hub, 2520 55th Street, Boulder
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Marilyn A. Martorano – Martorano Consultants LLC
Did these ground stone artifacts play the first hard rock music? What we know about lithophones in Colorado

A new class of prehistoric artifacts called portable lithophones has been identified from Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado. “Litho” is Greek for stone and “phone” means sound; a lithophone is a musical instrument consisting of a purposely-selected rock (often formally-shaped) that is tapped or rubbed with friction to produce musical notes. Portable and stationary lithophones have been utilized in ancient and modern cultures around the world. Only a few portable, highly-modified lithophones have been formally recognized in North America and none have been previously documented in Colorado. The artifacts being studied were originally thought to have functioned as manos, pestles, and/or digging tools. However, testing has verified their acoustical properties. Twenty-two lithophones were analyzed as part of a State Historical Fund archaeological assessment grant and their characteristics will be discussed. A few sample lithophones will also be demonstrated.

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: OSMP Hub, 2520 55th Street, Boulder
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Holly K. Norton – State Archaeologist, Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
Findings from the El Pueblo Archaeological Project

Dr. Holly K. Norton will present the history and findings of the El Pueblo Archaeological Project in Pueblo, Colorado. The project started at what used to be the Fariss Hotel, which was built over the El Pueblo Trading Post. Identified in 1989, previous researchers worked on the site until 2002. Dr. Norton and volunteers recently resumed the work. Work at the site is guided by research questions about what life was like at El Pueblo Trading Post, a frontier outpost, as well as what life looked like on the Mexican-American border.

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: OSMP Hub, 2520 55th Street, Boulder
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Adam Schneider – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science
Leaving the Trenches: Utilizing Archaeological and Historical Evidence in Interdisciplinary Conflict Research

An exciting development that has taken place in archaeology during the past few decades is an explosion of interdisciplinary collaborations which has greatly enhanced our understanding of the human past (especially with respect to the dynamics of ancient human-environment relationships). However, while data and research methods from other disciplines have unquestionably made a positive impact in archaeology, scholars from disciplines not focused on the human past have generally been slower to appreciate the potentially significant utility of archaeological data and methods in their research.
Accordingly, this presentation will demonstrate the important roles that archaeology and history can play in interdisciplinary research focused on contemporary sociopolitical issues, using an ongoing collaborative project being undertaken by researchers at CU-Boulder and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy as an example. This effort, which began in October of 2017, seeks to improve our understanding of the long-term causal dynamics of internal conflicts (i.e., civil wars, revolutions, etc.) through the comparative analysis of a selection of over thirty past and present case studies from a broad variety of temporal and cultural contexts. Although the ultimate goal of the project is to generate insights that can help to identify high-risk scenarios in the present and future, I will argue that the study of the past is nevertheless central to the research itself; indeed, the core of the project’s conflict causality model is comprised chiefly of archaeological and historical evidence for the economic, political, and social circumstances which prefigured past episodes of internal conflict.

Is there a particular speaker that you would like to see? Email the IPCAS Vice President to suggest a speaker.