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)

 Fall 2017 PAAC Classes – 

PAAC Event Schedule

Dates for all courses are tentative and subject to change.  Please contact your Local Coordinator for details.
Printable version of the class schedule listed below (PDF)

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 (NOTE: NO CLASS ON October 31)
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

PAAC Workshop: Artifact Illustration
CLASS FULL.  See link to waiting list below

Dates: Friday, October 27th 10am-4pm (with lunch break, lunch not provided)
Location: Denver (History Colorado Center)
Instructor: Dr. E. Steve Cassells

This workshop will be held at the History Colorado Center in conjunction with the CAS Annual Meeting. Participants will get an overview of the principles of artifact illustration followed by hands-on instruction in creating detailed hand drawn illustrations. Class will end prior to the evening CAS Board Meeting. Final details are still being drafted, but course will include a nominal materials fee along with materials that need to be purchased in advance of the class (list will be provided). Total cost is expected to be around $40 per person. Contact Chris Johnston at for more information. This workshop is now full. To add your name to the waiting list please click here. Class will be limited to the first 20 registrants.