Speakers and General Meetings

Denver Chapter Meetings

Denver Chapter meetings are on the second Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. There is no meeting in July and the meeting in December is a special member’s night. Meetings locations will be noted for each meeting.

Chapter meeting dates for 2019:

  • January 15 – Tuesday night
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9 — members night

All are welcome!

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, November 5th, 2018

VIP Room
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO
Enter the VIP Room using the Security Entrance (north side). The auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for evening lectures and events.
7:00 PM

Kimberly Munro

The Cosma Complex, A Persistent Landscape in the North-Central Peruvian Andes.


This presentation focuses on the Cosma complex, located in an isolated mountain basin in the Cordillera Negra Mountains of Peru. Cosma was first documented in 2013 during a pedestrian survey, and excavations were conducted at the site between 2014-2016. The site extends over 250 hectares and includes two multi-storied temple mounds, a megalithic hilltop fortress, domestic areas, agricultural terraces, above ground tombs, and carved stonework. Field work specifically focused on the large platform mounds located in the basin. Excavations revealed that Cosma functioned as a religious center, related to the Kotosh Religious Tradition during the Late Preceramic Period (3000-1800 BCE). The largest mound was later re-imagined as a space for the offering of infant burials and large ceramic vessels during the Early Horizon (900-200 BCE). Finally there was evidence for a persistent occupation within the basin up through Inca-Colonial and the modern day. This presentation will cover the general overview of the documentation of the site and the field excavations within the basin.

Speaker Bio:
Kimberly Munro is an archaeologist with over a decade of experience working in Peru. In addition to her excavations in the Central Andes, she has spent several years working in CRM for the National Park and National Forest services in Florida. Kimberly earned her dual B.A. degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies in 2007 from Florida State University. She also holds a M.S. in Geography (Geographic Information Sciences) from FSU. She attended Louisiana State University for her doctoral degree, and defended her PhD dissertation this past September. She currently works as an instructor at Trinidad State Junior College in southeast Colorado.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Room 241, Cherry Creek Building
Auraria Campus, Denver
7:00 pm

Member’s Night
Members night is a potluck where member’s of CAS talk about their archaeological exploits from 2018. Bring your favorite dish to share and listen to great stuff about what other members have been up to!

We are still looking for speakers, though! Please contact Jon Kent if you have something you’d like to share.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Sturm 154
Sturm Building
University of Denver
2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver, CO 80210
The building is located just off High Street on Asbury Ave. There is parking available directly adjacent to the building on the west side. Most street parking around the area is time-limited, so please be aware of where you are parking for the meeting.
7:00 PM

Dr. Meredith A. Wismer

Good Things in Small Packages? Investigating Pocket Gophers as Food at the
Rainbow Site.

Archaeologists often exclude the remains of burrowing rodents when reconstructing the diets of ancient people, as frequently these creatures intrude into a site long after it was formed. A surprising number and spatial concentration of pocket gopher specimens from the Rainbow Site (13PM91) in northwestern Iowa suggests that people
accumulated a large quantity of pocket gophers for use during the Early Late Woodland period (AD 550-620). Individually, pocket gophers may have had little to offer nutritionally; however, collectively their predictable habits, visibility on the landscape, and fat content may have made them a valuable supplement during lean winter months. This talk examines the possibility of pocket gophers as a “survival” food for Rainbow’s prehistoric inhabitants and explores how they may have been obtained and processed. Importantly, most methods for cooking and consuming pocket gophers leave little evidence behind for archaeologists to find, perhaps leading us to underestimate their use as food by ancient people.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Meredith A. Wismer is a zooarchaeologist and instructor of anthropology at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. She was recently awarded a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, where her dissertation research focused on animal use during the transition to horticulture within the tallgrass prairie region. She has worked on archaeological projects in Arizona, Alaska, France, Romania, and Colorado.

Saving Places Conference, 2019

For 21 years, Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s (CPI) Saving Places® Conference has gathered individuals from across the state (and widely beyond) to strengthen historic preservation efforts through networking and education. CPI is a statewide nonprofit that promotes historic preservation statewide by providing advocacy, education, outreach, and preservation services to communities and individuals.

The 2019 Saving Places® Conference will focus on The Next Generation of Preservation: A CALL TO ACTION which will explore the changes, threats, challenges, and successes of the preservation movement along with the communities and leaders working to move it forward. You can expect over 80 engaging sessions, workshops, and tours. AIA and APA credits available including a Preservation Leadership Training offered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Saving Places Conference is open to all!
Monday – Thursday, February 4-7, 2019
The Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel

For more information, visit the Saving Places website.