Upcoming Lectures

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


When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm 
Where: OSMP Hub, 2520 55th Street, Boulder
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Sarah Kurnick – History, Memories, and Social Change: Postclassic Maya Built Environments in the Northeast Yucatan Peninsula

Dr. Kurnick meeting with a community in Yucatan. Photo courtesy of Dr. Kurnick.

Dramatic social transformations are common events in world history and raise several questions.  How, for example, do individuals navigate the past during these critical times?  Do they emphasize their ties to the past, distance themselves from the past, alter the past, or eschew the past?  An analysis of modifications to existing built environments – and particularly whether existing features are venerated, destroyed, recontextualized, or ignored – offers one means to answer this question.  This presentation will consider Postclassic Maya engagement with Classic period built environments in the northeast Yucatan Peninsula.  It will compare data from a variety of sites and suggest that the past was a critical resource at each community, but that Postclassic peoples navigated the past in heterogeneous ways.  They engaged in a variety of practices, each with a multiplicity of meanings.

Dr. Sarah Kurnick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Her work focuses on the creation, perpetuation, and negation of social inequality and considers how archaeology can foster positive social change.  Since 2014 she has co-directed a community archaeology project at the Maya site of Punta Laguna in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.        


When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm 
Where: OSMP Hub, 2520 55th Street, Boulder
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Ashleigh Knapp – TRC 




February 2019: Rebecca L. SimonCreating an Accessible Legacy: How Public Outreach and Archaeological Education Further the Reach of Colorado Archaeology

January 2019:  Andrew Bair: Archaeological Geophysics: How They Work and Why You Should Care – An Irish Case Study

November 2018:  Dr. Adam Schneider: Leaving the Trenches: Utilizing Archaeological and Historical Evidence in Interdisciplinary Conflict Research

October 2018:  Dr. Holly K. Norton: Findings from the El Pueblo Archaeological Project

September 2018:  Marilyn A. Martorano: Did these ground stone artifacts play the first hard rock music? What we know about lithophones in Colorado


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