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:
  • 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, June 18th, 2018
VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

7:00 PM

Dr. Cerisa R. Reynolds




The Basketmaker II (BM II) period (1500 B.C. to A.D. 500) marks the entrance of maize-based agriculture into the northern U.S. Southwest. Though their descendants would add domesticated turkey and bean to their , these domesticated sources of protein were rare during the BM II period. As such, scholars have recognized that wild faunal resources must have been essential parts of the BM II diet. However, scholars have also suggested that times of scarcity must have occurred in this marginal environment. Indeed, a synthesis of faunal data from 31 BM II sites reveals that most Basketmakers relied greatly upon small game, suggesting that basic scarcity—or a general lack of local high-ranking resources—was often the norm for BM II communities. More specific instances of resource pressure are also visible across the BM II range through generally high Richness scores at long-term occupation sites, the occasional use of especially expensive taxa (like small song birds), and intensive processing of large game at several sites, especially those in the Durango, Colorado region. Statistical analyses suggest that economic stress was most likely at long-term occupations, and was thus related to the commitment the BM II peoples had to a sedentary, agricultural way of life.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Chair of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center at Aims Community College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College and her Master’s and Ph.D. (also in Anthropology) from the University of Iowa. Though she considers herself to be a broadly trained anthropologist, her specialty is zooarchaeology, the study of animal bones and what they can reveal about the diets and adaptations of past peoples. She has been involved in both historic and prehistoric archaeological projects for sites located in California, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, and France. Dr. Reynolds’ publications include articles in the Journal of Contemporary Anthropology, Current Research in the Pleistocene, Colorado Archaeology, and Anthropozoologica, as well as a chapter in the book Pushing the Envelope: Experimental Directions in the Archaeology of Stone Tools.

Upcoming Front Range Speakers

Monday, June 11, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Egyptian Study Society – Bees, Honey and Wax Ritual Figures