PAAC Classes

What is PAAC?

A joint program of the Colorado Archaeological Society and the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado. The Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) is a mutually beneficial educational program for avocational and professional archaeologists. Established in 1978 by the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) and the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado (OSAC), it allows CAS members and other citizens to obtain formally recognized levels of expertise outside of an academic degree program. It also facilitates avocational public service and assistance in education, governmental management of cultural resources, research, and the protection of archaeological resources in Colorado. PAAC complements, but does not replace, existing university and governmental training programs. Click here to go to the History Colorado PAAC website.

Requirements of PAAC:

All participants in the PAAC program must:

  • Be 15 years of age or older
  • Agree to the PAAC Code of Ethics
  • Pay a non-refundable, nominal materials fee per course (also sometimes a fee for the meeting room)

Dates for all courses are tentative and subject to change.  Please contact your Local Coordinator for details.

List of current PAAC offerings (statewide)



Current Offerings:  

All previously scheduled PAAC offerings are cancelled until courses are migrated to online learning platforms. 

Spring 2020 

CANCELLED: Geophysical Survey and Remote Sensing Techniques

Visit the class website: https://www.historycolorado.org/geophysical-survey-and-remote-sensing-techniques

Dates:

    • Friday, May 1st at 5:00-8:00 pm
    • Saturday, May 2nd at 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, May 3rd at 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Boulder Rural Fire Center, 6320 Lookout Drive, Boulder 

Cost: $25 for non-CAS members, $20 for CAS members

Description: Geophysical Survey and Remote Sensing Techniques introduces students to the use of these technologies in archaeology. This course discusses the methods, theories, and applicability of geophysical survey and remote sensing techniques to archaeology. Topics will include a brief history of geophysics and remote sensing as it is used in archaeology, basic scientific principles related, and examples of archaeological projects utilizing geophysics and remote sensing.

If you have any questions about content and structure, please contact Rebecca Simon at 303-866-4671 or rebecca.simon@state.co.us.

To register, contact Delane Mechling, IPCAS PAAC Coordinator (mechlings@hotmail.com). 


Nearby Offerings:  

Spring 2020 

CANCELLED: Colorado Archaeology

Visit the class website: https://www.historycolorado.org/colorado-archaeology

Dates:

    • Friday, April 17th at 5:00-8:00 pm
    • Saturday, April 18th at 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, April 19th at 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Colorado State University, Fort Collins 

Cost: $20 for non-CAS members, $15 for CAS members

CANCELLED: Basic Site Surveying Techniques

Visit the class website: https://www.historycolorado.org/basic-site-surveying-techniques

Dates:

    • Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30-9:00 pm
    • Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30-9:00 pm
    • Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30-9:00 pm
    • Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30-9:00 pm
    • Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30-9:00 pm
    • Saturday, May 23rd at 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: History Colorado, Denver

Cost: $25 for non-CAS members, $20 for CAS members

CANCELLED: Archaeological Practice in Colorado

Visit the class website: https://www.historycolorado.org/archaeological-practice-colorado

Dates:

    • Tuesday, May 5th at 3:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, May 12th at 3:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, May 19th at 3:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, May 26th at 3:00-5:00 pm

Where: History Colorado, Denver

Cost: $15 for non-CAS members, $10 for CAS members

CANCELLED: Perishable Materials

Visit the class website: https://www.historycolorado.org/perishable-materials

Dates:

    • Friday, June 5th at 5:00-8:00 pm
    • Saturday, June 6th at 8:30 am -5:00 pm
    • Sunday, June 7th at 8:30 am -5:00 pm

Where: History Colorado, Denver

Cost: $20 for non-CAS members, $15 for CAS members



Previous Offerings:

Summer 2019 

Summer Fieldwork

Dates: July 7-20, 2019 (Fieldwork: July 8-12 & July 15-19)
Where: Lone Mesa State Park, north of Cortez

Spring 2019 

Basic Site Surveying Techniques

Dates: In class: April 23, 25, 30, May 7 & 10; Fieldwork: May 4
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm 
Where: Classroom: Boulder Rural Fire Station (6320 Lookout Road, Boulder) || Fieldwork: Walker Ranch (7701 Flagstaff Road, Boulder)

 Fall 2017

Colorado Archaeology

Dates: September 8th (evening), 9th & 10th all day
Location: Montrose (BLM office)
To sign up, contact: Beverly Kolkman
Host CAS Chapter: Chipeta

Prehistoric Ceramic Description and Analysis

Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30, October 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14 
Location: Loveland (Medical Center of the Rockies)
To sign up, contact: Dave Swinehart
Host CAS Chapter: Northern Colorado

Archaeological Practice in Colorado

Dates: October 14, all day
Location: Durango (Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College)
To sign up, contact: Tish Varney
Host CAS Chapter: San Juan Basin

Dates: November 3rd (evening), 4th & 5th all day
Location: Pueblo (El Pueblo History Museum)
To sign up, contact: Barbara Sabo
Host CAS Chapter: San Juan Basin

Artifact Illustration

Dates: Friday, October 27th 
Location: Denver (History Colorado Center)
Instructor: Dr. E. Steve Cassells