Upcoming Lectures

Join us for our lectures! All lectures are free and open to the public.  We welcome public participation. Snacks and refreshments are provided.

IPCAS monthly meetings have moved!!! 

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


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