16th Biennial Southwest Symposium

Pushing Boundaries
January 4-7, 2018

Registration Now Open


Boundaries are lines that make and mark spatial distinctions. Archaeologically, they are used to separate time periods as well. Being held for the first time in Denver, Colorado, January 4-7, 2018, the theme of the 16th Biennial Southwest Symposium is “Pushing Boundaries.” In it, we hope to push geographic, theoretical, temporal, practical, and conceptual boundaries.

In four invited paper sessions, the Symposium will explore 1) the formation and meaning of Bears Ears National Monument, 2) new research in chronology and chronometry, 3) Plains-Pueblo interactions, and 3) new developments in museum archaeology and collections-based research.

Abstracts for open poster sessions and lightening (i.e. 3 minute) round presentations will be accepted until November 1.

Pushing Boundaries we will include a (short) keynote address by Professor Steve Lekson of the University of Colorado at Boulder, optional and free training sessions to enhance your written and spoken science communication skills, and multiple opportunities for informal socializing and networking in a variety of settings, including free breakfasts, lunches, and receptions (alcohol included!).


Since its founding in 1900, Denver Museum of Nature & Science has grown into one of the largest natural history museums in the western United States. The Museum preserves and provides access to its collections in its new state-of-the-art Avenir Collections Center. The new wing housing the Center has received LEED Platinum certification and is designed to use 50 percent less energy than a standard building of its type. Last year, the Museum attracted over 1.72 million visitors, making it one of the top ten visited museums in the country. Visit at www.dmns.org.

The Denver metro area is a great supporter of its scientific and cultural institutions and together, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science benefit from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) tax of 1/10th of 1%. This equates to approximately 25% of the annual operating revenue for both institutions.


  • Poster Submission Deadline: PASSED
  • Conference Scholarship Application PASSED
  • Scholarship Recipients have been notified
  • Regular Registration has PASSED
  • Late and onsite Registration is December 1st 2017 to January 6th 2018



A special thank you to our donors:

Linda Sand