The Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society meets on the 2nd Weds of each month (unless otherwise noted). Programs are being scheduled for the summer. Board Meetings are the 2nd Weds of each month at 5pm (Before our program evening, unless otherwise noted).

October Board Meeting will be at Old Chicago

Medical Center of the Rockies

2500 Rocky Mountain Avenue, Loveland,  Colorado  80538 Arapahoe Peak/Mount Meeker

It is handicap accessible.

All programs are free and open to the public.


When is a farmer? The King Site and Plains Horticulture Beyond the 99th Meridian.

Wednesday, February 14th
Medical Center of the Rockies,
‘Big Thompson’ Room 2500 Rocky Mountain Avenue, Loveland, Colorado 80538


The shift from hunting and gathering to farming is perhaps the greatest transformation in human history. Noone on the Great Plains “invented” farming; it came to the region from other areas. This talk looks at the ways this seems to have happened on the Plains. Traditionally, we have seen a major limit on dry-land farming at about the 99th meridian, and we can look at this transition in that area. However, recent work at the King Site, near Chadron, Nebraska, documents maize farming during the late 12th century far to the west of that limit. This talk gives an overview of the King Site and considers what it tells us about the ways in which local hunters and gatherers made choices about becoming farmers.

Doug Bamforth

I am an archaeologist who works mainly on the Great Plains; I have also worked in the Colorado mountains, coastal California, the California desert, the Great Basin, Germany, and Ireland. I have a major technical interest in the study of how ancient people made and used stone tools. My research has focused on how human use of the Plains landscape responded to long-term environmental change during the Paleoindian period (from roughly 11,000 to 8000 BC); recently, my interests have shifted towards the archaeology of farmers on the central and northern Plains during the last 1000 years. I am currently involved in a long-term field project that examines the archaeology of the Ceramic Period along the Pine Ridge in northwestern Nebraska.

March: Guest Speaker Sheila Goff NAGPRA Liaison/Curator of Archaeology History Colorado



6:30 PM

  • Membership Meeting

7:00 PM

  • Program

Come, join the fun, meet archaeology enthusiasts!