13548
Colorado
Service: Artifact Preparation and Curation
Assist archaeologists to catalog Ancestral Pueblo artifacts. Learn about both ancient and modern Native American cultures from those who know it best.
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Program No. 13548RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registraion, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Cortez, CO
D
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

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. 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.

DAY
2
Ancestral Puebloan Cultures and Artifact Curation
Cortez, CO
B,L,D
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

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.

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: Archaeologists Date Any Old Thing. Lecture with discussion about how dates are determined from artifacts and excavations.

DAY
3
Begin Curation Work
Cortez, CO
B,L,D
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Serving the needs of the archaeological community in the Southwest: What can we learn from artifact curation. Processing and recording collected artifacts.

Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.

Afternoon: Continue to curate artifacts excavated by school children and Road Scholar groups in the past.

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: Free evening or video

DAY
4
Continue Artifact Curation
Cortez, CO
B,L,D
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Recording artifacts provides an accessible resource for local archaeologists. Continue to curate and record pottery sherds and lithics.

Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.

Afternoon: Continue working on artifacts. Take a short walk to see the excavation sites where the artifacts were originally found.

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!

DAY
5
Continue Artifact Curation
Cortez, CO
B,L,D
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: Finish the curation work and evaluate your accomplishments.

Lunch: A buffet style homemade lunch is provided in the lodge dining room, featuring seasonally appropriate foods, beverages and dessert.

Afternoon: Visit the Anasazi Heritage Center, headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and repository for artifacts obtained from the Dolores Archaeological Project, one of the largest archaeological endeavors in the U.S. Tour the amazing curation facility in the basement and view their incredible collection of pottery and lithics.

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--Its "discovery", plunder, and eventual National Park status.

DAY
6
Mesa Verde National Park
Cortez, CO
B,L,D
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast: Our full, country-style buffet breakfast features a hot entrée and delicious homemade granola.

Morning: All day tour of Mesa Verde National Park accompanied by your archaeologist guide. Experience this National Heritage site from the perspective of your new insights into Ancestral Puebloan culture and artifacts.

Lunch: A hearty picnic lunch will be provided at the Mesa Verde picnic grounds.

Afternoon: Continue tour of Mesa Verde.

Dinner: Enjoy the traditional Kelly Place cookout! Savor a relaxed meal outdoors 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: Program wrap-up.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Cortez, CO
B

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.






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