PAAC Event Schedule

Please note: Since late 2016, the Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) has been going through changes to better serve the needs of the archaeological resources and the many stakeholders of those resources here in Colorado. The program will continue to progress in the coming months, there are a few updates of which to be aware:

“Field and Laboratory Photography” will no longer be a separate course. Content will be incorporated with “Archaeology Laboratory Techniques” and “Basic Site Surveying Techniques”. Stay tuned for updated curriculum.

“Perishable Materials” will eventually be split into multiple courses based on material type. Until new curriculum is available. The posted curriculum will be offered upon request.

New topics on the horizon: Project Archaeology; Geophysical Survey; Site Stewardship

If you are interested in helping update course, have suggestions for courses, or are interested in hosting a class, please contact Rebecca Simon at

Current Class Offering

Summer Fieldwork - Lone Mesa State Park

Host: OAHP and CPW (Rebecca Simon, State PAAC Coordinator 303-866-4671)
Date: July 7 to July 20, 2019 (Fieldwork July 8-12 & July 15-19)
Location: Lone Mesa State Park

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Please contact Rebecca Simon with questions.

This year's summer fieldwork will be mostly pedestrian survey with the potential for testing at Lone Mesa State Park. The majority of cultural resources expected to be identified and recorded include historic Ute and Anglo sites, as well as Archaic sites. Base camp will be located within the park with volunteers needing to bring their own camping supplies and potable water. Other housing options include the town of Dolores (about a 45 min to an hour drive to the park), as well as established San Juan National Forest campgrounds with the closest being Groundhog (about 30 min drive) and House Creek (about 45 min drive). Volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements outside of the base camp.

No archaeological fieldwork experience is required as there will be hands-on training. All participants will get specific instructions a week before the project. If you need assistance before that, feel free to contact Rebecca Simon, State PAAC Coordinator.


See our Events Page for additional classes starting in this fall!