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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+)

CAS-GJ Book Club: The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Meet with the CAS-GJ Book Club to discuss The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. It will be a great chance to read about archaeology, anthropology, history - and then have a chance to discuss what we learned. The owner of Out West Books typically orders copies of the books we read and it may also available through Mesa County Libraries. This will be a great chance to read about our local area, discuss what we read, and get to know each other better. Below is a review of the book. ************** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A SALON.COM BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR TRUE WEST MAGAZINE'S BEST BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR “A ripping yarn . . . A quintessentially Western tale of bold exploits, tough characters, brutal conditions and a lost way of life, this sounds like the sort of story that practically tells itself. Yet you only realize how little justice most popular histories do to their source material when you come across a book, like this one, that does everything right. It’s customary to say of certain nonfiction books — gussied up with plenty of 'color' and psychological speculation — that they 'read like a novel,' but truth be told, most of the time we’d have to be talking about a pretty mediocre novel. The Heart of Everything That Is, on the other hand, resembles the good ones. There were times, turning its pages, when I could almost smell the pines of the Black Hills, feel the icy wind tearing down from Canada across the prairie and hear the hooves of the buffalo pounding the earth.” (Laura Miller Salon) *************** 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. It is chapter policy that to participate in field trips you do need to be a paid member. If you want to go see some of our area's awesome archaeology and history CAS-GJ field trips are a great way to do that. If you are not a member and want to learn about membership go to www.cas-gj.org then click a link for 'Join'. **** 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.****

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

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