San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
Lewis Mill

The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society... exploring, learning about, and preserving
archaeological, cultural, and historical resources in the Four Corners region since 1979.


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Next Meeting – March 11th

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 11th, at 7:00 p.m. in the lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, John Hoffecker will present: “The early Upper Paleolithic archaeology of the East European Plain.” There will be a pre-meeting social at 6:30.

John’s primary research focus is the global dispersal of anatomically modern humans, which began more than 50,000 years ago in Africa. His specific geographic focus is Eastern Europe, where he has done field and lab research since the late 1980s. Since 2001, he has been working at open-air sites on the East European Plain, in both Russia and Ukraine, that were occupied by modern humans more than 30,000 years ago. In 2012, he began a new field project at Mira, located on the Lower Dnepr River. He has also worked for many years in Alaska. Recently, his Alaskan research has addressed questions about the emergence of Inupiaq settlement and economy on the coast of NW Alaska, and in 2011 he completed the field phase of a multi-year project at Cape Espenberg (northern Seward Peninsula).

John is currently a Fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder. He has earned degrees as follows: B.A., Archaeology, Yale University, 1975; M.A., Anthropology, University of Alaska, 1979; and a Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1986.

It's that time of year again, Please Renew Your Membership!

Your Membership supports our efforts to bring the archaeology, history and culture of the Four Corners to each of you and our community through lectures, classes, field trips, and social gatherings. Renew today at last year’s prices: Family $30, Individual $20, and Student $10, a sweet deal and an investment in the future!  See the SJBAS website at for renewal information and Membership forms or just follow this link, Membership Application 2020.

Next PAAC class in Durango - Ceramics - May 15 - 18

The next PAAC class in Durango is “Ceramics,” from May 15th – 18th, in the Lyceum, CSWS, Fort Lewis College. The History Colorado class description is: Prehistoric Ceramic Description and Analysis - Ceramic technology, methods of manufacture, physical/stylistic analyses, and basic Colorado ceramic characteristics. For more information or to sign up, please contact Tish Varney, SJBAS Education Chair, at

Mesa Verde Panel Discussion: Current Questions and Debates in the Discipline of Southwest Archaeology - March 6, 7:00 p.m. Noble Hall 130 at FLC

Join the panel of speakers to explore the ongoing questions and debates about Mesa Verde in the field of Southwest Archaeology. What is the significance of Mesa Verde to descendant communities? What role does Mesa Verde continue to play in our shared history? How does archaeology in and about the Mesa Verde region represent the latest developments in the methods, ethics, and theories in archaeology more broadly? Presented by the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Mesa Verde National Park. Follow this link for more info: Mesa Verde Discussion.

Fort Lewis College - Center of Southwest Studies - Spring 2020 Programs

Follow this link for CSWS Spring 2020 Programs.

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