The 2019 Colorado Archaeological Society Annual Meeting will be held October 11 - 13, 2019 in Pueblo, Colorado. This year's conference is hosted by the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society at Pueblo Community College. The conference agenda is now available

This year's conference will feature speakers, field trips and silent auction for the Alice Hamilton Scholarship fund. Details available at the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society websiteOur conference speakers will cover a wide range of topics covering Colorado archaeology and places from Amache Internment Center to the Four Corners region. We'll also hear from 2018 Alice Hamilton Scholarship recipients

The banquet keynote speaker is Dr. Charles M. Musiba, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver and a research associate at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Much of his work focuses on human evolution in and around Olduvai Gorge as well as paleoanthropological sites in South Africa, and how climate and environmental changes has affected the human species over time.

Due to a generous donation from Legacy Bank, we will also be offering a luncheon speaker with a reduced price meal. Dr. Sue Ware is a paleopathologist, osteologist, and artist that has been teaching in many capacities since 1970. She will share information related to the lives of animals that is recorded in their bones.

Field trips and activities are offered Friday as well as Sunday. For more information, review trip descriptions. For all activities except one (Picketwire Canyonlands Auto Tour), sign up with your conference registration. 

Conference attendees may sign up for one activity on Friday and one activity on Sunday.


Please note that only conference attendees may participate in field trips and activities.

Please contact the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society ( or Carla Hendrickson ( with further questions. 

CAS Annual Meeting - 2019

  • October 11 - 13, 2019
  • 809 West Orman Avenue
    Pueblo, Colorado
    United States

Event Workshops

Project Archaeology Workshop: Discover The Past - Shape The Future

October 11, 2019  10:00 - 12:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:23

Looking for activities to engage youth in archaeology? Project Archaeology has you covered. Join Tami Coyle, Denver chapter member and Project Archaeology volunteer with the Becca Simon, Assistant State Archaeologist for a free workshop Friday morning before the CAS Annual Meeting.

About the workshop:

Investigating Shelter is an inquiry-based curriculum that integrates science, social studies, math and language arts. Each of the nine units includes pre- and post-assessments, an inquiry based lesson, and hands-on activities that develop critical thinking skills. This workshop will review the structure of the entire curriculum, focusing on the following lessons: Thinking Like an Archaeologist; Knowing Shelter - Knowing People; Culture Everywhere; and Observation, Inference and Evidence. Lessons are adaptable to local history and a museum field trip will conclude the workshop. The workshop is adaptable to students in grades 3 - 8 and is especially useful for teaching Colorado History and building cultural awareness.

Location: Pueblo Heritage Museum, 201 West “B” Street, Pueblo.

Point of contact: Carla Hendrickson (

Cramer Site Visit

October 13, 2019  08:00 - 15:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:11

Join Warran Nolan for a visit to the Cramer Site. 

Attendees should note that they must travel to and from the site in their personal vehicles. 


The Cramer site consists of three large stone enclosures, circular in shape, with diameters ranging between 16 ft. to 25 ft. The three enclosures seem to form a triangular shaped grouping. This grouping is then enclosed by an outer perimeter of stone walls. These stone walls consist of rock slabs placed vertically in a trench and supported by other rows of horizontally and vertically placed rock slabs. The architectural effect as you walk up on the Cramer site is rather dramatic. Several archaeologists have even dubbed the Cramer site as a plains version of “Stonehenge”. The Cramer site has been visited by a who’s who of Southeastern Colorado archaeologists including: E, B. Renaud in 1920, N.W. Dondelinger and Robert Tatum in 1941, and Hal Chase and Robert Stigler in 1949. In 1985, James Gunnerson, along with the University of Nebraska, undertook an extensive excavation of the Cramer site along with several other nearby sites that Renaud had noted along the Apishapa Canyon. Due to similar construction techniques, Gunnerson classified these sites as “Classic Apishapa”, which dates them to the 1300’s. We plan to visit other Apishapa Phase sites, including the Canterbury and Munsell sites, which are located near the Cramer Site. We will also visit the many, many nearby rock art sites.

Activity level: Approximately 2.0 to 3.0 miles of somewhat strenuous walking over moderately difficult terrain that includes going up and down bluffs and small canyons.

Equipment: Water, lunch, sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, camera, rain jacket, sweater/jacket.

Start time and location: 8:00 AM | Pueblo Heritage Museum, 201 W. B. St.

End time and location: 3:00 PM | At the end of the field trip participants can either drive 75 miles back to Pueblo or drive 40 miles west on Highway 10 back to Walsenburg and I-25.

Cumulative travel distance: 150 miles

Point of contact: Warren Nolan (