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, January 29th, 2018
VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

7:00 PM

Ted Hoefer


What Lies In Between


Anthropologists and archaeologists have long classified subsistence and settlement systems
into categories such as hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, agriculturists and so on. These
categories fit well with sites that fall into the average site for each classification, but many sites
fall in between. The classification of the sites has often resulted in an awkward analysis and
has limited our views on how people lived in the past. Archaeological data simply doesn’t fit for
many sites, yet often the site is still analyzed in terms of the assumed subsistence and
settlement systems of the geographic area and temporal period.

What lies in between are subsistence and settlement systems that exist on a continuum and are
contingent on a variety of factors. For example, an agriculturally based group may become
primarily a hunting and gathering group as needs dictate and hunter and gathers may adopt
complex gathering and agricultural practices when the need arises. Modeling subsistence and
settlement systems that manifest shifting subsidence priorities over space and time is likely to
be very productive in data analysis and interpretation.

Recent research at the Meadowlark Terrace site (5AH04) on West Bijou Creek in Arapahoe
County as well as other investigations in Colorado will be used to illustrate and examine how
researching what lies in between aids our understanding of the past. Preliminary analysis of the
5AH04 data suggests the site is primarily focused on hunting and gathering, yet this Early
Ceramic site contains cord-marked sherds indicative of agriculturally based groups further to the
east. Analyzing this site as part of an agriculturally based group can only be done by making
broad assumptions. However, looking at the site as something in between standard categories
may be more fruitful.

Speaker Bio:

Ted Hoefer has been working as an archaeologist since 1979. Most of his work has been
conducted in the Intermountain West and Great Plains, but he has also worked in Michigan,
Arkansas, Oregon and Wake Island in Mid-Pacific Ocean. His research interests include
Archaic Period settlement and subsistence, modeling of subsistence and settlement systems
and cultural landscapes, and the archaeology of historic mining. Ted is currently employed as
Chief Archaeologist by Ecology and Environment, Inc., a national and international
environmental consulting firm, in their Boulder, Colorado office.