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Service: Artifact Preparation and Curation

Program Number: 13548RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/8/2014 - 6/14/2014; 2/15/2015 - 2/21/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/13/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Mesa Verde Country, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,064.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

A thousand years ago, the Ancestral Puebloan peoples ("cliff-dwellers") left their dwellings in the canyons and mesas of southwest Colorado. Archaeologists have searched these ruins for clues to understanding their culture. Working at the Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and the McElmo Canyon Research Institute, assist with the curation of ancient artifacts gathered from these sites and learn to recognize and categorize artifacts.




Highlights

• Learn from archaeologists about the Ancestral Puebloans and the basics of artifact recognition.
• Broaden your understanding of the ancient ways through evening discussions and presentations on flintknapping methodology and the sun calendars of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.
• Explore the depths of the curation facility at the Anasazi Heritage Center — and open a box to find out what artifacts are really inside!



Activity Particulars

Site elevations of 5,500-7,000 feet.



The Dolores Archaeological Project is one of the largest archaeological endeavors ever completed in the US. Over 1.5 million artifacts were collected and stored at the Anasazi Heritage Center, a facility originally built for this purpose. Today the storage materials are degraded and labels are disintegrating. Assist curators in repackaging and updating these valuable artifacts before the information is lost.



Coordinated by McElmo Canyon Research Institute.




Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country encompasses rich archeological and natural treasures, from the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park to the spectacular red rock scenery in nearby canyons. The area is just a short drive from the Four Corners region along scenic byways and through quaint western towns, including Cortez.



Accommodations
Adobe-style B&B, courtyard and adjacent cabins on a 40-acre archaeological preserve with fruit trees and Anasazi ruins in a sculpted red-rock canyon.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jim Colleran

Jim Colleran is an educational archaeologist who has been working in the Four Corners area for over 25 years, and has been leading Road Scholar learning adventures for more than 15 years. He wishes to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Ancient Puebloans and modern day Native Americans with all who wish to learn. Participants have praised his teaching methods, his passion for and understanding of the region, and frequently call him a national treasure.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Kelly Place B&B
  Cortez, CO 6 nights
 Kelly Place B&B
Type: Lodge
  Description: Kelly Place is both an outdoor educational center and unique bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Four Corners. The lodge is an adobe-style building with courtyards, built in the mid-1960's. The atmosphere is relaxed, southwestern style. On-site, prehistoric "cliff-dweller" ruins are found in various stages of excavation or restoration. Hiking into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, bordering Kelly Place, offers both natural beauty and more Ancestral Puebloan ruin sites. Kelly Place is nestled in a sculpted red-rock canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Fruit trees planted by former owner of Kelly Place and celebrated horticulturist, George Kelly, are at their mature best. Descend into a kiva fully restored by Road Scholar participants and imagine how it was a thousand years ago.
  Contact info: 14537 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321 USA
phone: 970-565-3125
web: www.kellyplace.com
  Room amenities: All bathrooms in rooms. Hair dryer included.
  Facility amenities: Full home-style meals served daily in the lodge. Hiking trails to on-site prehistoric ruins and in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to the north. Documentary DVD & VHS movies and books in the library/lounge. Orchard and gardens; lodge courtyard with outdoor eating or just relaxing and watching the birds. Wireless internet in the lodge. Local McElmo Canyon wine and microbrewery beer on tap are for sale.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: 10% discount Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 10% discount Phone Kelly Place to arrange additional nights. Ask for a 10% discount for Road Scholar participants staying extra nights!
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in after 3:00 PM. Orientation begins at 5:15 PM. You will be staying at Kelly Place B&B that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at 11 AM. You will be staying at Kelly Place B&B the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cortez, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Bluff, UT; Durango, CO; Farmington, NM
  Nearest highway: 160 and 491 (491 is called 666 on older maps)
  Nearest airport:  Cortez Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cortez, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ) to Kelly Place B&B

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cortez Cab
phone: 970-565-6911
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

0.25 hr 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

$2 each additional person www.cortezcab.com email: ride@cortezcab.com

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque, NM For couples, it may be cost effective to fly in to Albuquerque and rent a car for the entire stay. The drive between Cortez and Albuquerque is across level, scenic terrain and takes about 4-5 hours.
  All points It is possible to avoid driving on high mountain roads by avoiding the (very scenic) roads west of Denver or Colorado Springs. Try to approach Cortez through Gallup, NM or Farmington, NM, for flatter terrain.
  Cortez, CO Take 491/160 South two miles to traffic light at truck stop. Take right filter on to Road G. Sign says Airport and Hovenweep. Travel 10.2 miles to entrance for Kelly Place. Follow narrow road about a mile to lodge.
  Denver, CO Great Lakes Aviation is the only airline serving the Cortez airport. It connects with flights in Denver only. Driving time from Denver is about 7 1/2-8 hrs.
  Shiprock, NM Take 491 North approx. 40 miles to traffic light, about 9 miles past the Casino. Turn left on to Road G.
Elevation Note: 7,000 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience. Kelly Place is at 5,480'.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, June 8)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. You will be greeted by the program facilitator and escorted to your room. You will also receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session.

 Afternoon: ORIENTATION: 5:15pm. The on-site Road Scholar program coordinator, facilitator and staff will greet you. We will discuss information about the location, your accommodations, meals, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contacts, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet in the lodge and ask staff to escort you to the meeting room.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Your program facilitator will go over the schedule for the week and you will learn more about your facilitator and your instructor. Participants will introduce themselves. The remainder of the evening is free for you to settle in and prepare for the week. The lodge includes a lounge area with a diverse library, games, dvds and videos, and a computer for Internet access; Wifi available. The French doors surround an enclosed Spanish style flagstone courtyard with a spectacular view of Sleeping Ute Mountain.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Ancestral Puebloan cultures and artifact curation
(Monday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Introduction to the Ancestral Puebloan cultures: Lecture and discussion about the cultures whose remnants you will be handling all week, including how the local prehistoric inhabitants evolved their lifestyles through the centuries from Archaic, through Basketmaker, Pueblo, to modern times. Artifacts serve as examples demonstrating the details that can reveal clues to prehistoric lifestyles. Concurrently, you will learn about the process of archaeology and how it is used to understand what has occurred in the past. This will serve as a valuable background for the artifacts you will encounter the rest of the week.
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: This afternoon focuses on curation at McElmo Canyon Research Institute. You will be inspecting artifacts and learning how curation is done as a prelude to working at the Anasazi Heritage Center on the Dolores Archaeological Project.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: Flintknapping video: See how beautifully-crafted projectile points are extracted from stone by the same methods used by prehistoric peoples. Learn what can be understood about primitive cultures by analysis of their projectile points and flakes.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Orientation to Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters of Canyons of the Ancients. Begin curation work.
(Tuesday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Training and tour of the collections at the Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
 Lunch: Your program facilitator will serve a hearty packed lunch at the Anasazi Heritage Center.
 Afternoon: Work at Anasazi Heritage Center to upgrade the Dolores Archaeological Program Collections. The Dolores Archaeological Project spanned 25 years and was one of the largest cultural resource mitigation projects in American history. Reboxing, rebagging, labeling, and inventory of the estimated 1.5 million artifacts are needed. Curators at the Anasazi Heritage Center will supervise Road Scholar participants in accomplishing some of this work.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: Ancestral Puebloan Cultures
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Continue artifact curation work.
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Work at Anasazi Heritage Center or related site -- all day. At convenient times during the week, you will have the opportunity to view the public exhibits at the museum and peruse the gift shop.
 Lunch: Your program facilitator will serve a hearty packed lunch at the Anasazi Heritage Center.
 Afternoon: Continue working on artifacts.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: Native American Cultures of Today; Song and Dance: A Ute man and a Navajo woman share the stories of their cultures and their personal struggles of bridging the modern day Native American and Euro-American cultures. They discuss and demonstrate their traditional dance, dress and music. An unforgettable experience!
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Continue artifact curation work.
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Work at Anasazi Heritage Center or related site-- all day.
 Lunch: Your program facilitator will serve a hearty packed lunch at the Anasazi Heritage Center.
 Afternoon: Continue working on artifacts.
 Dinner: A hearty homecooked meal prepared especially for you is served buffet-style in the lodge dining room, including soft beverages, and dessert. Beer or wine may be purchased.
 Evening: Lecture/discussion about the history of Mesa Verde--It's "discovery", plunder, and eventual National Park status.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final day of artifact work
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Work on artifacts at McElmo Canyon Research Institute at Kelly Place. Take some time to explore your surroundings.
 Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.
 Afternoon: Continue work on artifacts.
 Dinner: Enjoy the traditional Kelly Place cookout! Savor a relaxed meal cooked and served outdoors for you on the Kelly Place courtyard (weather permitting). Unburden your mind as you watch the southwestern sunset play against your final evening view of beautiful Sleeping Ute Mountain. Complimentary beer and wine.
 Evening: Evaluations and wrap-up.
   
Accommodations: Kelly Place B&B
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure Day
(Saturday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.
 Morning: Load up and depart after breakfast. Check out time is 11:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cortez, CO Cortez Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 970-565-3414 For additional information, visit www.cortezchamber.org
  Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information Bureau
Phone: 800-253-1616 For additional information, visit www.mesaverdecountry.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Finders Keepers


Author: Craig Childs


Description: Considers the dilemma of preserving artifacts. Should they be left in situ? Collected and stored in museums? Should individuals be allowed to collect them?



House of Rain


Author: Craig Childs


In Search of the Old Ones


Author: David Roberts


Those Who Came Before


Author: Robert & Florence Lister




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