Areal Projectile Point Distribution Analysis and Recording Project (APPDAR)
The purpose of APPDAR is to provide a standard format and system for documenting projectile points and similar hafted stone tools in private collections.
PAAC participants actively working with APPDAR may now receive certification under the Laboratory Program. Qualified participants may be certified as "Laboratory Trainee." Information on APPDAR may be obtained from a CAS Chapter Library or the State PAAC Coordinator.
Read the APPDAR manual (on File in each CAS Chapter library and at OAHP in Denver).
Complete a minimum of 40 hours work time with APPDAR, documented with a time sheet or voucher from an approved supervisor. The manual must be followed closely.
Write a 2-3 page paper describing the workings of APPDAR.
The paper and time sheet or voucher from an approved supervisor must be sent to the State PAAC Coordinator.
The PAAC Board will review the material for certification.
Credit will be given for past work with APPDAR. Participants must supply the State PAAC Coordinator with the documentation of APPDAR work experience.
Denver Lab Project
The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) has archaeological collections that have yet to be completely processed for permanent curation. PAAC volunteers may receive credit toward certification at either the Laboratory Trainee or Laboratory Technician level by helping the State Training Coordinator in the cataloguing and analysis of these materials.
The lab work is held at History Colorado’s off-site facility in central Denver, on intermittent days in December and January, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. The lab training dates for the 2013-2014 winter season will be announced in the late summer or fall. Prospective volunteers should contact the State Training Coordinator to participate, and identify on which days they wish to attend. All supervised hours spent with specific materials in the collections apply toward the 40 hours of lab time required for certification. While the collection includes a variety of prehistoric and historical materials, a large majority is lithic (flaked stone and ground stone artifacts). Data entry will likely be a major part of next season's lab tasks.
No prior experience is required in most instances. However, lab space and equipment for volunteers is limited, so if too many PAAC participants wish to volunteer on a scheduled lab day, preference will be given to those volunteers who have already earned the Lab Trainee certificate and are working toward the Lab Technician certificate, and others who have completed one or more of the following courses:
Prospective volunteers must complete the PAAC Candidate Application Form (PDF) if one has not been submitted previously, and should be prepared to participate on a minimum of two days. Contact the State PAAC Coordinator at 303-866-4671 or email@example.com for further information. There is no fee required for this PAAC activity.