A shot of the Squar Tower House at Mesa Verde


2018 Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Conference

Hisatsinom, the local chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS), is hosting
the society’s annual conference in Cortez. Presentations will be made on various topics
relevant to archaeology in the Southwest. The conference is Saturday, September 22, 2018,
from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Cortez Elks Lodge with an evening banquet and speaker
following the day program.

The CAS 2018 Conference program includes a full day of presentations. A sampling of
speakers includes: Dr. Mark Stiger, Western State Colorado University on the Mountaineer
Site; William Tsosie Jr, Tribal Archaeologist, Navajo Nation Heritage and Historic
Preservation Office; Dr. Mark Varien, Dr. Susan Ryan, Shanna Diederichs, and others on
selected current research through time in Montezuma County. Program speakers represent
experienced and respected perspectives in the archaeology of the Southwest.

This year’s banquet speaker is Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe,
presenting on Indigenous Living Knowledge. Ms. Whiteskunk is an engaging speaker who
shares a thoughtful and reflective perspective, spoken from the heart.
Tickets to hear the banquet speaker without a meal can be purchased separately.
It is not necessary to be a CAS member to attend the annual conference. If you would
like to learn more about archaeology in Colorado and in Montezuma County, please consider
attending the September 22nd event.

CAS began in 1935 and is a statewide organization of avocational and professional
archaeologists, as well as, students of archaeology. This non-profit organization is committed
to the stewardship of archaeological resources in Colorado. Members participate in
educational, research, and conservation opportunities focusing on responsible participation in