Colorado Archaeological Society

Grand Junction

About CAS-GJ

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The Colorado Archaeological Society- Grand Junction chapter, also known as CAS-GJ, was founded in April 2015 after a 14 year period with no local CAS chapter in Grand Junction. We are one of eleven chapters of the statewide Colorado Archeological Society. By becoming a member of CAS-GJ you automatically also become a member of the state organization. 

Here is a quick story about how the chapter was formed. In early 2015 a couple of us thought we saw a need for an organization in GJ to have meetings, field trips and foster knowledge and camaraderie around our mutual interest in archaeology. We got the word out to the community and held a first ‘let’s see how much interest there might be’ sort of meeting. We had no real idea how many people might show up but just guessed there might be 20 or 30. Seventy people crowded the room that night and before the 2-hour meeting was finished the core of our chapter was born. Read more here.

The chapter is here to provide education, training, community service opportunities, field trips and camaraderie for people to share their interests in the many local and regional aspects of archaeology.

Anyone is welcome to attend our monthly lectures and book club meetings as well as other in-town activities. We are open to everyone from total novices to professional or academic archaeologists. In fact, our membership consists of people who can barely spell the word a-r-c-h-a . . . to people with PhDs. While most of our members are local to the Grand Valley, there are no geographical limits to where you have to live in order to be a member and active participant.

To attend field trips you must be a dues paying member. The membership application is available here. You can see by scrolling through the months off our calendar that field trips are a mainstay of our chapter’s activity.

"Do Not Burn Yourselves Out"

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast…a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.

So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.

Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

- Edward Abbey

Membership & Benefits

Annual memberships and dues levels are:

  •  Individual membership $32
  •  Family or Household membership $40 (may include up to four persons living together)
  •  Student membership $16 (with presentation of valid student ID)
  •  Secondary Individual membership $16 (member of another chapter that has paid dues to the state organization on their behalf)
  • Secondary Family membership $20 (family member of another chapter that has paid due to the state organization on their behalf)

Member dues are payable on the anniversary of joining/renewing. They may be paid any time during that month to be considered current. Payment can be taken online or by traditional check and mail. Payment of dues entitles a member to receive regular email communication from the chapter. 

A paid member is also a member of the state CAS organization and receives quarterly issues of state CAS publications:

  • ‘Southwestern Lore: the CAS Journal’ and
  • ‘The Surveyor: CAS Quarterly Newsletter’

Participation in field trips is a major benefit of membership and a current membership is required to attend field trips. Our field trips are listed on Meetup under the group "CAS-GJ Chapter Members" (  You must be a paid member to join that group.

By the way our public events are listed on Meetup under the group "Colorado Archaeological Society- Grand Junction Chapter" (  This group is open to the public.

Two additional opportunities you will be informed about through chapter and state newsletters are: 

(neither require CAS membership)

  • Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) weekend classes offered for very low cost through History Colorado and the office of the state archaeologist
  • Colorado Archaeological Society annual meetings, held in a different host city each year

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