NDAA 2019 Spring Meeting




The NDAA's 2019 Spring Meeting will be held at the Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND on Saturday, May 18th, 9AM-4PM.

Speakers will include Mike Fosha (Assistant State Archaeologist of South Dakota), discussing the role of volunteers in South Dakota archaeology over the last 25 years, and Dr. Barbara Handy-Marchello (Historian, North Dakota Studies, State Historical Society of North Dakota), discussing development of the recent publication Traces: Early Peoples in North Dakota.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Brenda Todd (Superintendent, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site), who will be discussing her research on the Chimney Rock Great House in southwestern Colorado and its relationship to Chaco Canyon. The meeting will also include a silent book auction and lunch.

Please register at the Eventbrite link so we can get a head count for lunch. You can pay the $6 lunch fee when you arrive by cash, check, or credit card.  Please note that you do not need to pay on Eventbrite - your registration is just so that we can plan for the food. If you are coming to the presentations but will not be joining us for lunch, then no need to register at all!

Hope to see you there!

2019 NDAA Spring Meeting Agenda

9:00-10:00 AM Registration, refreshments, T-shirt sales, silent book auction

10:00-10:45 AM Business meeting

10:45-11:45 AM Presentation. Mike Fosha (Assistant State Archaeologist, South Dakota) - The Past Quarter Century of Volunteer Spirit In South Dakota

11:45-1:00 PM Lunch*

1:00 PM Book auction bidding closes.

1:00-2:00 PM Presentation. Dr. Barbara Handy-Marchello (Historian, ND Studies, State Historical Society of North Dakota) - Traces: Early Peoples of North Dakota. Traces draws on recent scientific archaeological research to tell the comprehensive story of North Dakota's ancient past. Dr. Handy-Marchello, co-author with Fern Swenson, will discuss the range of this history presenting images of sites and objects to explain how archaeologists have uncovered this fascinating story.

2:00-3:00 PM Keynote Presentation. Dr. Brenda Todd (Superintendent, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site) - Chimney Rock Great House: Window into the Chaco Phenomenon. One thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was the heart of the Puebloan world. Located in what is now New Mexico, Chaco is characterized by massive, multiple story sandstone palaces (Great Houses), a vast road network, and more than 250 outlying communities. Archaeologists have struggled for over 100 years to make sense of what has been called the “Chaco Phenomenon.” How was Chaco organized? Was it a political entity? A religious entity? Both? My dissertation research at the Chimney Rock Great House in southwestern Colorado sheds some light on this conversation. Situated atop a narrow mesa adjacent to two towering stone chimneys, the Chimney Rock Great House appears to be both an astronomical observatory and the clearest example of a colony of Chaco Canyon.

3:00-4:00 PM Q&A and wrap-up; book auction winners announced!