PAAC Lone Mesa 4

Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification

PAAC Class: Prehistoric Ceramic Description and Analysis


This course is an introduction to a major artifact class found in Colorado: ceramics. The course covers the technology of ceramic manufacture, basic description and analysis, and an introduction to some American Indian ceramic wares found in the state. The course is not a study of ceramic typology; types will be described on a limited basis, and non-Indian wares are not discussed. This course is of value to those interested in the Late Prehistoric to Protohistoric period occupations of Colorado (AD 150–1800). 4 day class.

The Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) is a mutually beneficial educational program for avocational and professional archaeologists. Established in 1978 by the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) and the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado (OSAC), it allows CAS members and other citizens to obtain formally recognized levels of expertise outside of an academic degree program.  See course prerequisites.