Colorado Archaeological Society
Pikes Peak Chapter
Colorado Springs, Colorado


September 19, 2017

Ancient textiles, baskets, wood & hides from southeastern Utah: Latest findings from the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project

Presented by:  Laurie Webster, PhD

Prehistoric perishable artifacts from southeastern Utah.
The museum of Peoples and Cultures, BYU

During the 1890s, local “cowboy” archaeologists excavated thousands of prehistoric perishable artifacts from alcoves in southeastern Utah. Most were shipped to museums outside of the Southwest, where they were largely forgotten by archaeologists and the public. Who were these early collectors, where did these objects go, and what insights do they provide about the ingenuity and daily lives of the early inhabitants of southeastern Utah? In this presentation, Dr. Laurie Webster will discuss her recent research with these collections and highlight some of the extraordinary 1000- to 2000-year-old textiles, baskets, wooden implements, hides, and other perishable artifacts from sites in this region.

About Laurie Webster

Dr. Laurie Webster is an anthropologist who specializes in the perishable material culture of the American Southwest. She is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Her publications include the edited volume Beyond Cloth and Cordage: Archaeological Textile Research in the Americas and the catalog Collecting the Weaver’s Art: The William Claflin Collection of Southwestern Textiles as well as numerous articles about prehistoric perishable technologies.

Join us for a free educational and entertaining evening:

  • Pre-meeting Dinner
  • (On your own)
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Panera Bread
  • 7344 North Academy Blvd
  • Colorado Springs
  • 719-522-1100

October 17, 2017

Britain’s great cathedrals: Using digital archaeology to reveal the past

Presented by Anthony Masinton, PhD

Photo by Anthony Masinton

Archaeology has the unique ability to tease out the silent, unwritten stories of the past. Digital tools are a part of the archaeology toolkit for digging into the past, offering ways to sift through evidence to understand the past more completely. Through a series of case studies Dr. Masinton will show how digital investigation of some of Britain’s great cathedrals and churches has revealed their dramatic pasts and the personalities that shaped them.

About Dr. Anthony Masinton

Dr. Anthony Masinton is an archaeologist specializing in the archaeology of standing buildings, medieval churches, and digital reconstruction/digital heritage. He is Digital Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture in the Department of History, University of York, UK where he studies and digitally reconstructs England’s ecclesiastic heritage. Dr. Masinton earned his BA from the University of Denver; his MA in medieval archaeology from the University of Durham, UK; and his PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of York, UK.