2019 Annual Spring Meeting
Time & Location
About the Event
9:00-10:00 AM Registration, refreshments, T-shirt sales, silent book auction
10:00-10:45 AM Business meeting.
10:45-11:45 AM Presentation. Mike Fosha (Assistant State Archaeologist of South Dakota), The Past Quarter Century of
Volunteer Spirit In South Dakota.
11:45-1:00 PM Lunch* (catered by the James River Café)
1:00 PM Book auction, bidding closes
1:00-2:00 PM Presentation. Dr. Barbara Handy-Marchello (Historian, North Dakota Studies, SHSND),
Traces: Early Peoples of North Dakota. Traces draws on recent scientific archaeological research to tell the comprehensive
story of North Dakota's ancient past. Dr. Handy-Marchello, co-author with Fern Swenson, will discuss the range of this
history presenting images of sites and objects to explain how archaeologists have uncovered this fascinating story.
2:00-3:00 PM Keynote Presentation. Dr. Brenda K. Todd (Superintendent, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site),
Chimney Rock Great House: Window into the Chaco Phenomenon. One thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was the heart of the Puebloan world. Located in what is now New Mexico, Chaco is characterized by massive, multiple story sandstone
palaces (Great Houses), a vast road network, and more than 250 outlying communities. Archaeologists have struggled for
over 100 years to make sense of what has been called the “Chaco Phenomenon.” How was Chaco organized? Was it a
political entity? A religious entity? Both? My dissertation research at the Chimney Rock Great House in southwestern
Colorado sheds some light on this conversation. Situated atop a narrow mesa adjacent to two towering stone chimneys, the Chimney Rock Great House appears to be both an astronomical observatory and the clearest example of a colony of
3:00-4:00 PM Q&A, wrap-up, book auction winners announced