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:

  • 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, March 11th, 2019

Room 241, Cherry Creek Building
Located at the Metropolitan University of Denver, on the Auraria Campus.

7:00 PM

Dr. Jason L. Toohey

Early Ritual and Political Complexity in the Cajamarca Highlands of Peru

Recent archaeological fieldwork in the Cajamarca Valley of northern Peru is unveiling the deep prehistory and long-term development of the Cajamarca Culture. This presentation will delve into this little-known society from the perspective of settlement patterns, and excavations at two large Cajamarca villages. Special attention will be paid to the recent discovery of a monumental circular plaza at the site of Callacpuma which is the first of its kind to be documented in the northern highlands of Peru and may represent some of the earliest corporate ritual and political architecture in the region.

Speaker Bio:
Jason Toohey is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Toohey is an anthropological
archaeologist who is dedicated to taking a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the field. He has conducted fieldwork in California, Baja California Sur (MX), and Peru. His current research focuses on the Cajamarca region of the northern Peruvian Andes where he has conducted fieldwork since 2003. His research focuses on the development of social complexity, leadership strategy, and community organization among middle range and early state societies. He addresses these issues through analysis of the built environment, ceramic production and exchange, and cuisine. Dr. Toohey is also developing a new research program, which will utilize faunal materials from Peruvian coastal sites spanning the Holocene to address contemporary issues of coastal conservation, fisheries, climate, and social change.