Speakers and General Meetings

Denver Chapter Meetings

  • The meetings most often take place in the VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO at 7:00 p.m.
  • Enter the Auditorium using the Security Entrance (north side). The auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for evening lectures and events.
Chapter meeting dates for 2018:
  • 1/29/2018-Last Monday of the month
  • 2/19/2018-Third Monday of the month
  • 3/19/2018-Third Monday of the month
  • 4/16/2018-Third Monday of the month
  • 5/21/2018-Third Monday of the month
  • 6/18/18-Third Monday of the month
  • 8/6/2018-Joint meeting with Egyptian Study Society
  • 9/4/2018-First Tuesday of the month
  • 10/1/2018-First Monday of the month
  • 11/5/2018-First Monday of the month

All are welcome!

Upcoming Meeting

Monday, March 19th, 2018
VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

7:00 PM

Gene Wheaton


Report on the Community College of Denver 2017 Ninth Street Historic District Park Archaeological Assessment for History Colorado, State Historical Fund


In the fall of 2017, the Community College of Denver (CCD) Ninth Street Historic District Park Archaeological Assessment took place in the form of a field school on the Auraria Campus in the City of Denver, Colorado. It was completed between August 27, 2017 and December 8, 2017 by faculty and students from the Community College of Denver and Metropolitan State University. The Park (5DV102) is a 4.24 acre urban neighborhood consisting of fourteen middle-class residential and commercial dwellings from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. One of Denver’s oldest surviving neighborhoods; the former residential block was nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 1973. However, an archaeological assessment was never done. This talk presents the results of the assessment which included archival research, metal detection, and ground penetrating radar survey. The data indicates the existence of a number of preserved subsurface historic archaeological features including three middens and two buried floor surfaces. This talk will also highlight the importance of how the need to establish partnerships with other institutions presents
opportunities and challenges in the preservation and stewardship of important cultural resources.

Speaker Bio:

Gene Wheaton is a Professor of Anthropology at Community College of Denver and a professional archaeologist who provided technical support in inventory and management of cultural resources under the jurisdiction of the Park Service at Aztec Ruins National Monument and the Forest Service at various positions throughout the American Southwest, Professor Wheaton is currently working on a grant for History Colorado State Historical Fund conducting an archaeological assessment of the Ninth Street Historic District Park in downtown Denver.

Upcoming Denver Area Speakers

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Caroline Goodson “Village and Monasteries of Villamagna”. Auraria Campus North Classroom, Rm. 1511. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Denver Society. Free.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:30 p.m. Dr. Gerardo Gutierrez and Dr. Mary Pye “Interpreting Mesoamerica and New Spain through the Non-destructive Study of Ancient Pigments” Sharp Auditorium, Denver Art Museum. Sponsored by ALIANZA. Free to students with i.d.

Upcoming online lectures

The Colorado Rock Art Association is having a web lecture on March 13. We would like to invite you and your members to join us for this lecture. Could you arrange to pass this email onto your members? Thanks so much! Anne Robinson, President, Colorado Rock Art Association.

Join the Colorado Rock Art Association on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm MST for a web lecture. Web lectures are easy to join if you have a PC, Mac, notebook or phone and an internet connection. Web lectures let you enjoy live lectures from the comfort of your own home.

What Can Be Learned from Gestures in Anthropomorphic Figures: Demonstrating a Semiotic Analysis of Three Petroglyph Panels
Speaker: Carol B. Patterson, PhD., RPA, Researcher Associate, Dominguez Anthropological Research
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm. MST
Location: Join the web lecture by clicking on this link- Click on https://zoom.us/j/6136944443 anytime after 6:45 pm on March 13. For more detailed instructions, see below.
Anthropomorphs are meaningful graphic systems, divided into syntagms that are supralinguistic and function with two paradigm subsets of codes: graphemes, which include head gear, body decorations, arms and legs apparel, and footwear; grapho-kinemes, which are hand and body gestures, including the directionality of legs, feet and head. Spatial syntax is the visual placement and juxtaposition of each element that encodes temporal and spatial context. These components combined suggest hermeneutic associations. Three panels in eastern Utah, USA, that span three millennia, are analysed. Anthropomorphs in panel one, circa 1900 CE have well-established declarative hermeneutic associations. Body postures and arm gestures, costumes and headdresses provide kino-graphic information that parallel historic events. Anthropomorphs in panel two, circa 1100 CE, have no known hermeneutic associations, but with this analysis, self-identity and a defined narrative emerges. Panel three, circa 1000 to 500 BCE, demonstrates the validity of this analysis, in a suggested narrative and surprisingly with existing ethnographic literature, explicative associations are provided. The application of this system demonstrates the potential of providing multiple lines of evidence for hermeneutic associations with anthropomorphic figures in rock art.

How do you join our web lecture?
Join from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android, includes tablets and smart phones.
Starting at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, March 13, you can join our web lecture using the information below. The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm.

Two options to join our web lecture.
Option 1. Go to https://zoom.us and click “Join a Meeting” at top right and then enter our meeting number 613-694-4443. Follow the zoom application instructions. If you have used zoom before you will likely go straight to the lecture page. If you haven’t used it before, follow the instructions. If you have problems, please call the help line below and Joel Hurmence will help you get online.

Option 2. Click on this link https://zoom.us/j/6136944443 Follow the zoom application instructions. If you have used zoom before you will likely go straight to the lecture page. If you have problems, please call the help line below and Joel Hurmence will help you get online.

Help line. If you do have issues we will have a conference bridge open and CRAA Vice President Joel Hurmence or others will be on hand to answer concerns. Conference Bridge phone number is 1-302-202-1108; after the phone answers then enter the Conference Code: 600460. We will have someone on from 6:45 to 7:15.

The advantage of a web lecture is you can be at home and see & hear a live presentation. Please join us. Also feel free to pass this information on to others.

Please send us feedback on our web lectures to coloradorockartassociation@yahoo.com.