What we're about

Welcome to the meetup page/ calendar for the Grand Junction chapter (https://casgjchapter.wildapricot.org/) of the 80+ year old Colorado Archaeological Society. This site we use mostly for the calendar function. To learn more about our chapter &/or to become a dues-paying member please visit http://www.cas-gj.org .

We are one of 11 local chapters of the Colorado Archaeological Society (http://www.coloradoarchaeology.org/)(CAS).

Our location in western Colorado, just minutes from the Utah state line, puts us in the center of a 13,000-year-old American Indian habitation 'dig' site, rock art and ruins of many ages, history, culture and remnants of the old west, many phases of mining from silver and gold to uranium.

Along with all this to see, study and help preserve, we have access to private company, government and academic archaeologists to give monthly presentations. Among our members, many have the desire to share what they know in the form of frequent field trips.

With a past president of our chapter working as a librarian, it might be easy to guess that we have a Book Club. This is an informal group that meets most months at a downtown bookstore to discuss a book of arcaeological signifigance. We have occasionally been able to have the author join us for the book discussion.

You need to be a dues-paying member of our chapter to participate in field trips. Click this link (https://casgjchapter.wildapricot.org/join)to reach our membership page where you can join online or print a membership form and join that way. Once you are a member you are welcome to join the meetup group where our field trips are listed. "CAS-GJ Chapter Members" can be found at: https://www.meetup.com/CAS-GJ-Chapter-Members/

We look forward to seeing you soon at a meeting, book club or a field trip.

Upcoming events (5)

Behind the Scenes Museum Tour

462 Ute Ave

Join Erin Schmitz and Phil Born as they lead a behind the scenes tour of the Archaeology and History collections at the Museum of the West.

CAS-GJ Board Meeting - board members, volunteers & general membership invited

CAS-GJ Board meetings are open to anyone interested in archaeology in western Colorado and the adjacent states. Our 'board' is made up of volunteers who have agreed to take on various tasks to help the chapter run smoothly. You are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings and find an active role for yourself in the success of our chapter. Please give a little of your time to help our chapter to continue to be such a rousing success. If you have questions about how you can be involved/help or want to chat about what you have to add, feel welcome to attend a board meeting or contact any of the board members. • Doug Van Etten - President[masked] • Geoff Peterson - Vice President & PAAC coordinator[masked] • Gayle Smith - Secretary[masked] • Janice Shepherd - Treasurer & BLM-GJ Liaison[masked] • Ed VanderTook - Director-at-large & CAS Representative • Lorna Reed - Director-at-large & Librarian, Show & Tell Coordinator ***%********#********?***********+*******@*** Meanwhile ... if you want something discussed by the Board please let Doug know. Among other topics we want to discuss: ** How the March 11th meeting went. Audio system? ** Update on 'new' meetup website -- www.CAS-GJ Members -- How many sign-ups? ** Field trip discussion on specific trips. Liability waiver &/or other docs ** BLM site steward training follow-up &/or refresher from last fall ** Update on speakers for April and beyond ** PAAC classes update from Asst State Archaeologist ** More, more and maybe . . . more

Inspire youth to respect Rock Art

Mount Garfield Middle School

Please RSVP by March 21st. Event: Volunteer to help at a 8th grade Heritage Day. We've all seen the horrors of graffiti across beautiful rock art. Unfortunately it is often young people who do this vandalizing. Here's a chance to contribute to an event that aims to make rock art protectors out of a large group of 8th graders. Mt Garfield Middle School is hosting a Heritage Day on May 8th. Ute Tribe members, BLM archaeologist and other groups will be on hand to interact with the kids on topics that include Ute interpretation of rock art and landscape, artifact interpretation and the problems posed by artifact theft and leave no trace ethics. CAS-GJ can host a station on rock art interpretation. After a discussion on the meaning of symbols and how symbols are often tied to experience, the kids will be given paper to make their own symbolic art, spend time guessing the meaning of each others art before revealing what the symbols mean to them. They'll be asked how they would feel if someone painted over their art. Alissa, BLM archaeologist, will be providing training to the volunteers ahead of the event. The day will last from 7:30am to 2:40pm with a free lunch. Volunteers can work in teams and thus only need to cover part of that time. We are so lucky to live in the west with its multitude of cultural sites. This is a great opportunity to give back and also contribute to the education of a large group of 8th graders on respecting rock art

Monthly Lecture: Kea Johnston- A Dose of Egyptology for the Grand Valley

Redlands United Methodist Church

Tonight we welcome. . . Kea Johnston, PhD student at U of California, Berkeley, speaking about: The city of Akhmim, known in the classical world as Panopolis, was one of the most important religious and economic centers in Egypt during the First Millennium BC. It was known for its massive temple, flourishing textile industry and (much later) early Christian firebrands. Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably met one of Akhmim’s inhabitants, because many regional museums in the US and Europe have mummies and coffins from the site in their collections. Shortly after the rediscovery of the site in the 1880s, tourists were writing almost apocalyptic accounts of the despoiling of its cemeteries. How was Akhmim looted? Who did the looting? What can modern scholars learn about Akhmim and its ancient inhabitants when none of the original context remains? ******************************************************* Kea Johnston has been interested in Ancient Egypt since she was a small child in Vernal Utah. Her grandmother, who owned a bookstore, would special order books on Egypt for her. Her mother owns a bookstore, Out West Books, in GJ. She received a BA in Computer Science from Brown in 2005, but participation in an excavation at Giza that same year reminded her that her first love was Ancient Egypt. After a career in Silicon Valley, she returned to school, earning a Masters in Near Eastern Studies at University of California Berkeley in 2016. She is currently writing a PhD dissertation on coffin production at Akhmim during the first millennium BCE. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Regular meetings are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC. Our membership includes students, those who cannot even keep all the vowels straight in the word A-r-c-h-A-E-O-l-O-g-Y, as well as academics and professionals. The church has asked us to give a 'DONATION' in lieu of a fixed amount of payment for use of the room so please bring and give a few dollars each to thank them for the generous use of the meeting room. Joining CAS-GJ, as we refer to ourselves, entitles you to membership in both our chapter and the statewide Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS).That membership also gets delivered to your mailbox the state's publication, Southwestern Lore.. Anyone is welcome to register on this page to keep track of our chapter activities; however . . . To participate in field trips you must be a paid member of this CAS chapter. For our calendar of field trips visit our 'member' meetup.com website at https://www.meetup.com/CAS-GJ-Chapter-Members/ Our general webpage is online at www.cas-gj.org for a wealth of information about archaeology in general and our chapter specifically. There are numerous links on this site that can take you to a membership or renewal application.

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