Upcoming Lectures

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



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

Kaitlyn Davis: Pueblo Agricultural Adaptations to Socioeconomic Changes in New Mexico

A check dam at Pueblo Blanco

A check dam at Pueblo Blanco (photo courtesy of K. Davis)

            University of Colorado Boulder archaeology PhD candidate Kaitlyn Davis’s dissertation project investigates how (and to what extent) Pueblo people in the Rio Grande region of New Mexico adjusted their agricultural practices when confronted with Spanish colonization. Her work consists of 1) developing agricultural potential models to identify where the optimal growing areas likely were, 2) surveying the areas around multiple pre-contact and contact era Pueblos to document agricultural features and any changes in those features or technologies with colonization, and 3) analyzing sediment samples to determine the types and density of plants grown in the fields.

            In this presentation, Davis will share the results of the survey work of the agricultural areas around two pre-contact villages (Poshuouinge and Pueblo Blanco) and two contact-era villages (Cuyamungue and San Marcos). One-hundred-thirty-nine (139) agricultural features were documented on the survey. These features ranged from Pueblo irrigation ditches in and slightly above the floodplain to raised gravel mulch fields on upland ridges above the villages. Analyzing the changes in the location, type, size, and density of these features before and following contact enable a better understanding of Pueblo agricultural adaptations over time and the extent to which Spanish plants, animals, and agricultural methods were incorporated into Pueblo agriculture.

Speaker Biography:

Kaitlyn Davis is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and doctoral candidate in archaeology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her advisor is Dr. Scott Ortman. Kaitlyn is interested in interaction processes and changes in land use over time in the Pueblo Southwest. She has a master’s in anthropology (archaeology) from the University of Colorado and a bachelors in anthropology and environmental science from the University of Notre Dame.



When: Wednesday, December 4 2019 at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company, 297 Hwy. 287, Lafayette

Holiday Party

Come down to Liquid Mechanics for the IPCAS Holiday Party! Featuring:

    • Revival of the IPCAS White Elephant Gift Exchange
      • Price limit of $15
      • Bring a wrapped gift
    • Trivia for fabulous prizes
    • Live music
    • Potluck appetizers and food trucks



October 2019: Dr. Scott OrtmanK’uuyemugeh—Archaeology and History of a Tewa Community in New Mexico

April 2019: Ashleigh Knapp: Revisiting Little Sotol: the Story of a Long-Term Earth Oven Facility at the Southern Edge of the Great Plains

March 2019: Dr. Sarah Kurnick: History, Memories, and Social Change: Postclassic Maya Built Environments in the Northeast Yucatan Peninsula

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.