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Rediscovering WS Ranch: Caring For and Learning from an Unprocessed Archaeology Collection

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2023 AT 7:00 PM MDT


Please Note – This meeting will take place in our normal venue, the Emery Archaeology Lab at History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver 80203

Speaker: Elizabeth Kriebel, Collections Assistant, Anthropology @ Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Abstract: Thanks to generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a new archaeology collection has come to Denver Museum of Nature and Science! The WS Ranch Archaeology collection contains approximately 500,000 artifacts from a site near Alma, New Mexico. The site was a large pueblo surrounded by several smaller sites inhabited by what archaeologists call the Upland Mogollon culture, who are the ancestors of modern Pueblo people. This talk by collections assistant Elizabeth Kriebel will introduce you to the WS Ranch Collection, its story, and how collections staff and volunteers have been caring for and learning from the collection so far.

Bio: Elizabeth Kriebel is a collections assistant in the anthropology department at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Classical Studies from Purdue University, and found her passion for archaeology and museum collections during her studies. She then earned her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has worked in a wide variety of cultural heritage institutions, including art museums, natural history museums, and archives for a total of 4 years. In addition to the care of physical objects in museum collections, Elizabeth’s research interests lie in the creation of 3D scans of museum objects and maintaining those digital assets into the future.


July – There will be no General Meeting this month.

August 14th – DC-CAS/ESS Annual Joint Meeting – DC-CAS Hosting, Speaker TBA


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