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.
Principles of Excavation
Dates: Class: September 24, 26, 30, October 1, 2019 from 5:45-8:45 pm | Fieldwork: October 5, time TBD
Where: Class: Boulder Rural Fire Center, 6320 Lookout Drive, Boulder | Fieldwork: History Colorado, 1200 N Broadway, Denver
Description: This course would be valuable for anyone interested in taking part in a field school or volunteering on an excavation. This course provides basic background information on the history, development, and application of archaeological excavation techniques. Emphasis will be on the importance of proper supervision, planning, documentation, and reporting in all excavation projects. The class schedule consists of 4 evenings of classwork and 1 full day either at the History Colorado Center or a field trip to an active excavation and possibly field practice in the Denver area. Stay tuned for further details.
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To register, contact Delane Mechling, IPCAS PAAC Coordinator (email@example.com).
Dates: July 7-20, 2019 (Fieldwork: July 8-12 & July 15-19)
Where: Lone Mesa State Park, north of Cortez
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)