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 VIP Room using the Security Entrance (north side). The auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for evening lectures and events.
Chapter meeting dates for 2018:
  • 10/1/2018-First Monday of the month
  • 11/5/2018-First Monday of the month

All are welcome!

Upcoming Meeting

Monday, November 5th, 2018
VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

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.

4th Annual Rocky Mountain Pre-Columbian Association Research Colloquium

Current Research in the Ancient Americas

The Rocky Mountain Pre-Columbian Association is pleased to announce its 4th annual colloquium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in Denver, Colorado. The event brings together an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars to address the direction of their current research projects in Latin America in short, informal presentations followed by discussion.

Saturday, October 13th 2018
9:00 am – 4:30 pm; Reception to follow
Denver Museum of Nature & Science- Ricketson Auditorium
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

Sponsored by Jane Day and the Stevenson Family Foundation

The conference is free and open for all to attend.
Please RSVP to Michele.Koons@dmns.org by October 8th

Morning session

9:00 a.m.
Coffee reception with breakfast provided

9:30 a.m.
Welcome and introduction
Jill Mollenhauer

9:40 a.m.
Session 1
1) Fluid Boundaries: Preliminary Survey Results from the Inland Santa and Lacramarca River Valleys, Peru
Craig Dengel, Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Base Archaeologist

2) Localized Traditions and Ritual Architecture at the Cosma Complex, Upper Nepeña River Valley, Ancash, Peru
Kimberly Munro, Louisiana State University

3) New Insights into the Origins and Development of the Cajamarca Tradition of Northern Peru
Jason L. Toohey, University of Wyoming


10:40 a.m.

10:55 a.m.
Session 2

1) Preceramic Archaeology in the Nochixtlán Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico
Arthur A. Joyce, University of Colorado Boulder
Aleksander Borejsza, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Jon Lohse, University of Texas at San Antonio

2) Tossed Aside with the Trash? A Peri-Abandonment Deposit Study of Late Classic Maya Figurines from the Site of Baking Pot, Cayo District, Belize
Amy M. Gillaspie, University of Colorado Denver

3) Space, Inequality, and Community Archaeology: Defying Spatial Commodification at Punta Laguna, Yucatan, Mexico
Sarah Kurnick, University of Colorado Boulder


12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch break (on own, DMNS has a cafeteria and seating will be provided)

Afternoon session

1:30 p.m.
Session 3

1) Puuc Architecture and Data Visualization
Meghan Rubenstein, Colorado College

2) Remember the Women…at Teotihuacan
Annabeth Headrick, University of Denver

3) A New Sun Emerges: Solar Rituals and Aztec Kingship
Catherine R. DiCesare, Colorado State University


2:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m.
Session 4

1) Beans, The Magical Fruit: Lima Bean Propaganda in Moche Fineline Ceramics
Mikaela Guggino, University of Denver

2) Those Allowed to Speak: Senses Among the Wari
Louise Deglin, University of California Los Angeles

3) Historical Bioarchaeology and the Bioarchaeology of Colonialism: Current trends and new developments from the Andean South America
Melissa S. Murphy, University of Wyoming

4) Making and remaking community at Hualcayán through mortuary practice.
Christine M. Pink, Metropolitan State University of Denver


Closing remarks
Michele Koons

Reception – Beer, wine, and heavy appetizers provided

For questions and further information contact

Organizing Committee:
Dr. Michele Koons (Denver Museum of Nature & Science)
Dr. Catherine DiCesare (Colorado State University)
Dr. Jill Mollenhauer (Metropolitan State University of Denver)