Updated: Oct 12, 2022
Behind the Scenes
We are receiving "stuff" all over the place. I had to move into the basement office (with spider control measures ☹).
We can’t thank Community Connections, LLC enough for hosting our IAD 2022 website, especially webmaster Jasmine who has been working night and day on it. Stay tuned for frequent updates.
Spotlight on IAD Exhibits
Our IAD Committee has been reaching out all over the local archaeological community and our lineup of exhibitors is impressive. We are up to 15 exhibitors and counting! Spotlighting just two of them:
Colorado Archeological Society Larry Beidle, Committee Contact The Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) booth will have information on the state society and the local Denver and Indian Peaks (Boulder) Chapters. Since 1935, CAS has been committed to the protection and stewardship of archaeological resources in Colorado. · CAS publishes the highly respected Southwestern Lore journal. · CAS jointly sponsors the Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) with the State Archaeologist. PAAC provides classes where the general public can obtain certifications in archaeological field and lab work. · CAS awards several scholarships and grants. · And each of the 9 chapters has a variety of projects, speaker series, and other programs. Come see what your public archaeology organization is doing and maybe get involved yourself.
Kids Area - Roxborough State Park
Susan Landers, Committee Contact
Not the only kids’ activity at the Expo, this is the only one offering a free prize to the first 20 visitors 12 and under. A kids dig for artifacts, ancient arts-and-crafts, grinding nuts on a metate: a fabulous way to get the kids involved in hands-on archaeology. Roxborough State Park volunteers have been running this for the last 10 years and can’t wait to meet your kids.
Lecturer: Meet Jack Warner
Our popular lecturer, Jack Warner, is highly respected for archaeology publications, lectures, tours, and field work. He’s also very entertaining – maybe it’s the seven grandkids within 50 miles of Ken-Caryl, his adopted Colorado hometown of five decades. He is an avid fisherman, scuba diver, and extensive traveler with his childhood sweetheart and wife of 53 years. But Jack’s passion for archaeology, the older the better, is what brings him local fame.
Jack brings a couple of important perspectives to his work. First and foremost, it’s the concept of homeland. When you choose to grow roots somewhere, then the story of The Ancients in that place become relevant to your life, surpassing genealogic ties that get stretched thin by time and distance. “My people” become the ones who also chose to live where you choose: both ancient and modern.
Secondly, Jack places importance on understanding the regional trends when interpreting archaeological evidence. This is exemplified in his 2019 publication “A Comparison of the Blackfoot Cave Site (5da2358) Early Archaic Period Artifacts to Previously Reported Denver Area Archaeological Sites.” Another example comes from his quite recent survey of the 2021 Oak Fire burn scar near Ken-Caryl. The small number of artifacts support the regional picture. Repeatedly the evidence is that while The Ancients were active east of the hogbacks, their artifact-rich residential sites were located west, behind the protective hogbacks. A skilled researcher, Jack has done a survey of all the documented Paleo sites in the Denver Basin to support his trend analyses.
Sign up for Jack’s lecture on October 15 and be prepared for an enlightening and fun experience.
State Historical Fund, Major Sponsor
our major sponsor, proactively stepped up last year to make sure that the IAD Expo continues as one of the premier public archaeological events in the state. Since 1990, the SHF providesIA grants from $1 to $50,000 to “foster heritage preservation through tangible and highly visible projects for direct and demonstrable public benefit.”
Almost 5,000 grants have been awarded. Two of our IAD site tour locations were among them: the Bradford Perley House at Ken-Caryl Ranch and the Persse Place at Roxborough State Park. We are proud to say that the IAD Expo and Site Tours also qualified, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife received the SHF grant early this year to host Expo for you to enjoy.
Thank you, State Historical Fund!
Check back next week for our next blog post!
IAD 2022 Organizer