Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month recognizes more than 13,000 years of human history in Colorado. Communities across the state host tours, exhibits, lectures, and other events throughout the month of May to honor Colorado’s past. This year’s theme is “Participate in Preservation” and promotes statewide involvement in archaeology and historic preservation.
Museum entry is free all day on Sunday, May 15. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 1 p.m., researchers Anna Sofaer and Rich Friedman will discuss a new technology – LiDAR or aerial laser scanning – which revealed previously unknown features of Chaco Canyon's Great North Road. Sofaer has authored many publications about Chacoan archaeoastronomy, and Friedman is a geologist and archaeologist with extensive work with GIS, GPS and remote sensing. Their research is funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sofaer's and Friedman's appearance is co-sponsored by the local Hisatsinom chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society.
The following Sunday, May 22, is also a free-admission day. At 1 p.m., rock art scholar Lawrence Loendorf will deliver a lecture entitled “Pigments of the Imagination: Basketmaker Paintings in Canyon del Muerto.” Dr. Loendorf (Ph.D. University of Missouri) taught for decades at the University of North Dakota and New Mexico State University. He has spent the past 30 years researching rock art.
Both lectures are part of the Four Corners Lecture Series which is organized by Fort Lewis College, Mesa Verde National Park, the Cortez Cultural Center, Crow Canyon Archaeological center, and the Anasazi Heritage Center. Series sponsors include the Colorado Archaeological Society, Aramark International, the Mesa Verde Institute, and KSJD Public Radio.
Museum staff will lead “Behind-the-Scenes” tours of its curation and collections management facility at 2 p.m. on May 31, June 1, and June 2. The Anasazi Heritage Center is a designated federal repository for archaeological materials excavated from public lands in this region, and currently preserves about 3.5 million artifacts. Each tour is strictly limited to 15 people. Participants must call ahead to reserve a place on a tour. The museum's normal $3 adult entry fee will be in effect, but there is no additional charge for the tour. Federal pass holders and visitors under age 19 always enjoy free admission to the museum.
The Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week throughout the summer season. For more information, contact the museum at (970) 882-5600 or see its web site at www.co.blm.gov/ahc.