Meeting reminder

The Indian Peaks Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is honored to host the 85th Annual Meeting of the Colorado Archaeological Society on September 25-26, 2020. In consideration of COVID-19 safety concerns, this year’s conference will be virtual, delivered through Google Meet.



One of the goals for this conference is to replicate as many of the same experiences that you’d have at an in-person conference. This conference will feature:

Another goal of this conference is to make it open and accessible for existing members and prospective members. Conference admission is free. Registration is still required to access live events. Register now through Member365 for the conference and workshops.

If you are able, the Indian Peaks Chapters asks that you donate what you would have paid for registration to the conference on behalf of the Alice Hamilton Scholarship Fund. The Indian Peaks Chapter is allocating 50% of all event proceeds to the Alice Hamilton Scholarship Fund, especially since there will not be a raffle or silent auction to benefit the scholarship program.

↳ That’s not all! Thank you gifts for conference supporters are available for each $20 donated through the event, including bandanas featuring original artwork from IPCAS’s resident artist Gretchen Acharya as well as a revival of the Handy Hypotenuse Hankie™. Additionally, all conference supporters will receive a digital copy of Bill and Marcia Tate’s The Archaeologist’s Cookbook.


Stay tuned to for updates and registration information!



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2020 Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

  • September 25 - 26, 2020
  • United States

Field Trips

Introduction To Digital Archaeology

September 25, 2020  14:00 - 16:00
Fee: $0.00
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Introduction to Digital Archaeology

Christian Driver, City of Boulder Department of Open Space and Mountain Parks Cultural Resources Program Coordinator  

Friday, September 25, at 2-4 p.m.

In the year 2020, the practice of archaeology lags behind in going digital. The adoption and use of digital tools in archaeology is mostly by institutions and companies that can afford expensive and complicated proprietary systems. There are many free or low-cost and easy-to-use options available with the potential to greatly increase the capacity of small institutions, avocational groups, and agencies to document and assess cultural resources. This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of designing and deploying a mobile and cloud-based digital recording system with the goal of increasing the capacity of local organizations to protect Colorado’s cultural heritage.

Topics include:

  • Free or low-cost platforms for digital recording
  • Strategies for applying these tools to your own fieldwork
  • Resources to learn more about digital recording and its applications in preservation

How Do I Map That? Free And Open Source Mobile Mapping

September 26, 2020  10:30 - 12:00
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How Do I Map That? Free and Open Source Mobile Mapping

Christian Driver and Katy Waechter

Saturday, September 26, at 10:30 am -12:00 pm


Ever been outside and wanted to map something? Maybe you wanted to navigate to something not on standard maps? You can use free and open source tools to map, navigate, and create spatial data all from your smartphone. This workshop will introduce participants to two free mobile apps to help them navigate and map the world around them. This is a follow-up workshop of Introduction to Digital Archaeology. Participants must have a smartphone or other mobile device to follow live demos. 

Topics include:

  • How to set up GaiaGPS and PDFMaps
  • Download maps or map layers
  • Navigate on and off-grid
  • Collect and export data
  • Mapping etiquette and ethics