Annual Meeting

The Denver chapter is hosting the 82nd Conference and Annual Meeting of the Colorado Archaeological Society for 2017. The meeting will be on October 27th, 28th and 29th at the History Colorado Museum, located at 1200 Broadway Street in Downtown Denver. You can register online to attend, and find information on speakers, field trips and more.

Keynote Speaker – banquet on Saturday, October 28th

Dr. Michael Waters of Texas A & M University
Title: Forging a New Understanding of the Late Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas

Abstract: Archaeological and genetic evidence accumulated over the last few decades show that the 80-year-old Clovis First model no longer explains the exploration and settlement of the Americas by humans at the end of the last Ice Age. Evidence from archaeological sites in North and South America are providing empirical evidence that people occupied the Americas by 15,000 years ago. Studies of modern and ancient genomes confirm this age estimate and tell us who these people were and where they came from. This archaeological and genetic evidence is rewriting our understanding of the First Americans.

Biography: Michael Waters is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. He is known for his expertise in First American studies and geoarchaeology. He has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and is the author of “Principles of Geoarchaeology: A North American Perspective” and other volumes.


Event Coordinator/General Information
Cashel McGloin

Field Trips
Ried Farmer

Vendor/Silent Auction Coordinator
Betsy Weitkamp


Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists