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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)

Rock Art Studies Class (PAAC class)

Houston Hall (H)

RSVP DIRECTLY with Geoff Peterson. (it is NOT sufficient to rsvp here). Cost: $30.00 (cash or check only please). ROCK ART STUDIES This 3-day course provides a general overview of the field of rock art studies. Information covered by the class includes a variety of rock art recording techniques, current research in conservation and interpretation, and a synopsis of styles documented in Colorado. Rebecca Simon, Assistant State Archaeologist will be teaching. Friday, April 26th- 5:30- 8:30 Saturday, April 27th- 8:30- 5:00 Sunday, April 28th- 8:30- 5:00 Colorado Mesa University Houston Hall, Room 132 CAS-GJ PAAC Coordinator Geoff Peterson[masked] [masked] The Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) is a mutually beneficial educational program for avocational and professional archaeologists. The program facilitates avocational public service, education, research, and the protection of archaeological resources in Colorado. PAAC complements, but does not replace, existing university and governmental training programs. A detailed class outline can be found at: https://www.historycolorado.org/rock-art-studies Campus Map: https://www.coloradomesa.edu/campus-info/documents/campusmap.pdf Parking - Permit parking rules are in effect on campus until 6pm Friday night. Permit parking is enforced M-F 6am to 6pm - unless otherwise posted. So finding free parking should be easier on Saturday & Sunday. Off-campus parking is free, just be sure you are not parking on a section of side street that requires a campus permit. Check this map. Campus Parking map: https://www.coloradomesa.edu/campus-info/documents/parkingmap.pdf

Inspire youth to respect Rock Art

Mount Garfield Middle School

Event: Volunteer to help at a 8th grade Heritage Day. More volunteers are still needed! Please consider signing up!!!! 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.

CAS-GJ Book Club - Atlas of a Lost World by Craig Childs

Meet with the CAS-GJ Book Club to discuss Atlas of a Lost World by local writer Craig Childs. It will be a great chance to read about archaeology, anthropology, history - and then have a chance to discuss what we learned. Below is a review of the book. In Atlas of a Lost World, Craig Childs upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were. How they got here, persevered, and ultimately thrived is a story that resonates from the Pleistocene to our modern era. The lower sea levels of the Ice Age exposed a vast land bridge between Asia and North America, but the land bridge was not the only way across. Different people arrived from different directions, and not all at the same time. The first explorers of the New World were few, their encampments fleeting. The continent they reached had no people but was inhabited by megafauna—mastodons, giant bears, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, five-hundred-pound panthers, enormous bison, and sloths that stood one story tall. The first people were hunters—Paleolithic spear points are still encrusted with the proteins of their prey—but they were wildly outnumbered and many would themselves have been prey to the much larger animals. Atlas of a Lost World chronicles the last millennia of the Ice Age, the violent oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans’ chances for survival. A blend of science and personal narrative reveals how much has changed since the time of mammoth hunters, and how little. Across unexplored landscapes yet to be peopled, readers will see the Ice Age, and their own age, in a whole new light. We'll see you then! *************** If you're thinking to yourself, "I'd like to attend but I'm not sure if I can read the book by the time we meet", don't worry. Everyone is welcome regardless of how much you have read. At the book club meeting we will also discuss future books for the reading list. You need not be a paid member of CAS-GJ to attend the Book Club. **** Please be aware that since we are using the bookstore after regular closing time, it would be very nice if each of us would buy something in the store; even if it just a window decal.****

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CAS-GJ Book Club - Southwestern Lore - Fall, 2018. Vol. 84 No. 3.

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