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PAAC CLASSES – Denver Chapter, 2017

The winter PAAC Lab certification classes will be held at the El Pueblo Museum in Pueblo. The lab will occur on Wednesdays, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, beginning in late February or early March. Volunteers will be working with two students from CSU-Pueblo who are completing and internship related to their studies in anthropology. Volunteers will be working on cataloging, analyzing, and curating an extensive historical artifact collection from excavations at the site by the late Dr. William Buckles. If you have and interest in this class please contact Chris Johnston, Assistant State Archaeologist, (

The PAAC summer training survey is slated for July 2017. This summer we are partnering with Paleocultural Research Group (PCRG) to do an intensive survey, testing and rock art recording project in the San Luis Valley. Participants will have the opportunity to get experience conducting survey and testing, recording and documenting sites, and working with volunteers and professionals from across the state. The Valley has a rich archaeological past, spanning from Clovis to Hispanic settlement and farming and ranching; we are very excited about this partnership and look forward to you joining us. A field camp location is being explored in or near Antonito and details will become available soon. Participants will be provided tent camping accommodations during each project session and all meals will be provided. There will be two sessions: one from July 8-15 (arrive the afternoon of the 7th), and one from July 20-27 (arrive afternoon of the 19th). More details will be announced soon but if you know you are already interested please contact Chris Johnston, Assistant State Archaeologist, (

Cherokee Ranch Survey

Dates for summer survey’s at Cherokee Ranch are as follows. Contact Reid Farmer for more information and to RSVP.

  • June 26 – July 1
  • July 17 – July 22
  • July 31 – August 5

Magic Mountain June 7-25

  • Excavation Volunteers
  • 3-4 day commitment
  • Email Mark Mitchell
  • Tour Leader Volunteers
  • 2 day commitment
  • Sign up online
  • Take a Tour
  • Available June 10-25 (off the weekend of the 17-18)
  • Regular site tour (45 min)
  • Excavation tour (45 min)
  • Can do both or just one of these tours
  • To schedule email Sarah Fischer

New unique PPC/CAS Field Trip Announcement – Open to Pueblo and Denver CAS members, family and friends – Saturday May 13th – The National Museum of WWII Aviation in Colorado Springs

PPC/CAS invites your members with their family/friends to join us for a field trip and lunch (pay your own way) on Saturday May 13th.

Are you interested in World War II history and airplanes? We have a field trip for you! PPC/CAS member Rick Schlegel has made arrangements for our chapters to have a guided tour of the National Museum of WWII Aviation. Some of the restored aircraft were dug up in New Guinea where they had been buried by the US after the war, or where they crashed, so they are really are archaeological artifacts in the true sense.

The National Museum of World War II Aviation is home base for more than 30 aircraft, most of them fully restored to flying condition. The Museum’s aircraft are displayed along with a selection of aircraft on loan from private collections around the country to tell the full story behind American advancements in aviation technology during the war.

We will be heading to the museum at 755 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80916 (Google Maps link on Saturday May 13. We are meeting in the parking lot of the National Museum of WWII Aviation by 9:30 am, tour begins at 10:00 am for 2 hours. We will see the museum and West Pac Restorations. The cost is $8 per person if we have at least 10 people or over 65 or military; otherwise the fee is $10.  After the tour at the aviation museum, we will continue to learn more about planes when we proceed to the Airplane Restaurant for lunch (you pay your own way). We have a reservation for 12:45. The Airplane Restaurant centerpiece is a fully intact Boeing KC-97 tanker. Built in 1953, this magnificent airplane refueled aircraft throughout the world such as the B-36, B-47 and B-52.

If you will be attending this fun tour of aviation archaeology, sign-up at the PPC/CAS General Meeting next week on April 18th OR by sending email to Rick Schlegel or Judy Kilgore with the number in your party and if you will be joining us for lunch after the tour. Remember, if we get at least 10 people, the cost for the tour will be $8 per person. We are looking forward to the fun tour of an important part of our history!

NOTE! There is no limit as to the size of the tour group. This field trip is OPEN to family and friends plus the Denver and Pueblo CAS Chapters!