Pueblo Archaeological Historical Society

About PAHS

The Pueblo Archaeological Society got its start in 1938 and is one of the oldest chapters of the Colorado Archaeological Society. P.A.H.S is an organization of mostly avocational Archeologists and few professional archaeologist dedicated to preservation of prehistoric and historic sites for future generations to enjoy and the education and enlightenment of others to the footprint of past humans. (see mission statement)

PAHS meets the 1st Thursday of the month except June, , July, and August. We have speakers at our monthly meetings that speak on a variety of subjects that include archaeology and history. We co-sponsor a speaker each May with the Pueblo Library District for Archaeological and Historical Preservation Month.  We have also co-sponsored other events with the Library District that included the Smithsonian traveling exhibit EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN.

PAHS members enjoy field trips to prehistoric and historic sites in Colorado, museums and many other interesting sites.

PAHS also meets the 3rd Thursday of each month for a book discussion group. We discuss a wide variety of books. At the book discussions we enjoy drinks, snacks and conversation.

PAHS members are also members of the education committee at the Heritage Museum and are parents of Educational Trunks.

PAHS members are currently working with state archaeologist Holly Norton curating, identifying, and inventorying artifacts from the Bill Buckles dig at the El Pueblo. Our members are also working on the Buckles archives at the Pueblo Rawlings Library.

PAHS has a monthly newsletter, THE MIDDEN and we also have a Facebook page.


Mission Statement:

The Colorado Archaeological Society is a non-profit organization committed to the stewardship of archaeological resources in Colorado. We achieve this through public education, research, conservation and opportunities for responsible participation in archaeology for interested individuals and organizations.

Goals and Objectives:To foster interest in Colorado archaeology.

  • To stimulate scholarship, research and publication in Colorado archaeology.
  • To be involved in programs which encourage the public to embrace the idea of preservation, conservation and protection of all cultural resources and antiquities and to discourage exploitation of these resources.
  • To cooperate with the State Archaeologist and other persons and agencies concerned with archaeology and related fields.
  • To cooperate in the recording of the archaeological sites of the State of Colorado.
  • To encourage members of the Society and the general public to participate in the statewide "Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification” - PAAC.

Members of the Society Will:

  • Uphold local, State and Federal antiquities laws.
  • Conduct field and/or laboratory activities using professionally accepted standards.
  • Support only scientifically and legally conducted archaeological activities.
  • Members will not condone the sale, exchange or purchase of artifacts obtained from illegal activities.
  • Respect the property rights of landowners.
  • Report vandalism to appropriate authorities.
  • Be sensitive to the cultural histories and spiritual practices of groups that are the subject of archaeological investigation.