Donate and receive a copy of the book "Treasures of the Tavaputs"


Donate and receive a CPAA coffee mug, T-shirt, or copy of "Treasures of the Tavaputs" (choose one)


Donate and receive a CPAA coffee mug, T shirt, or a copy of "Treasures of the Tavaputs" (choose two)


Donate and receive an autographed copy of "Nine Mile Canyon: An Archaeological History of an American Treasure," by CPAA Director Jerry D. Spangler


Donate and receive an autographed copy of "Nine Mile Canyon: An Archaeological History of an American Treasure," and a copy of "The River Knows Everything: Desolatation Canyon and the Green," by James M. Aton

- CPAA will continue to work tirelessly for the protection of archaeological and historic sites, collaborating with industry and government to find solutions

- You will be part of a community that shares passion for our collective past

- You will have opportunities to volunteer on CPAA preservation projects

- You will receive a quarterly e-newsletter updating you on CPAA activities and the preservation issues of most concern to us

- You will receive an invitation to an annual CPAA camp out

- Your donation is tax deductible (CPAA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization

- The first founding members of CPAA will also receive a CD copy of bluegrass music donated by Steve Lutz and his acclaimed band Tangleridge � while supplies last.

Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance

Help us protect the past for the future.

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The purpose of the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance shall be to foster the conservation, preservation and protection of archaeological, historic and natural resources of the greater Colorado Plateau and Great Basin through scientific research, public outreach and advocacy on behalf of those resources, all without fear or favor from commercial, government or political interests.


Assist non-profit organizations by conducting analyses of existing archaeological data, conducting formal and informal surveys of archaeological resources, reviewing regulatory compliance information, and independently assessing the impacts of proposed developments/activities on cultural resources.

Assist indigenous Americans and tribal governments in the assessment of archaeological resources significant to native traditions, heritage and way of life.

Work with federal, state and local governments to identify impacts to cultural resources on publicly owned lands, and to minimize and mitigate damage to cultural resources affected by development activities on public lands.

Assist institutions of education with archaeological research and educational outreach projects that foster public appreciation for past peoples, places and events, and to assist them in the development and implementation of long-term strategies to protect sites of local, regional and national significance.

Assist non-profit organizations and governmental entities in the development and implementation of public campaigns directed toward the preservation of cultural resources.

Conduct legally and scientifically defensible research that furthers the preservation of cultural resources and is reported in peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs and other publications to assist archaeological professionals, land managers and public policy officials in preservation decision-making.

Foster public awareness of the importance of archaeological and historical resources through magazine and newspaper articles, opinion pieces, newsletters and other popular media.

Expand the public’s knowledge of cultural resources through the publication of materials that explain past peoples and lifeways, and that reinforce the importance of cultural resource preservation.

Provide technical assistance to public and private entities seeking the nomination of properties to state historic registers and/or the National Register of Historic Places, or seeking the protection of sites, areas or districts through park, monument or other legal designation.

Assist non-profit organizations, private individuals and governmental entities in the establishment of conservation easements to protect cultural resources.

Engage in any other activities that foster the protection of cultural resources for future generations.

            The daily activities of the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance are directed by Jerry D. Spangler, a registered professional archaeologist who has devoted the past 20 years to archaeological research and public outreach with the expressed purpose of furthering the protection and preservation of cultural resources of the Colorado Plateau. He is a recognized expert on prehistoric ancestral peoples of the northern Colorado Plateau, having published widely in peer-reviewed journals, monographs and books. “Horned Snakes and Axle Grease: A Guide the Archaeology, History and Rock Art of Nine Mile Canyon,” co-written with his wife Donna, was honored with an annual Book Award from the Utah Historical Society. Their follow up “Treasures of the Tavaputs: The Archaeology of Desolation Canyon, Nine Mile Canyon and Range Creek” was honored in 2008 with the Presidential Award for Excellence by the Utah Professional Archaeological Council.

            His research is widely acclaimed for its innovative insights, as well as his unique ability to make the science of archaeology accessible to a wider public. He has lectured throughout Utah and Colorado on archaeology and archaeological preservation issues, and currently teaches archaeology of the American West at the Osher Institute at the University of Utah and the Division of Continuing Education, also at the University of Utah. He holds a masters degree in anthropology from Brigham Young University, and is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the Utah Professional Archaeological Council.

            He has worked cooperatively with a variety of public and private entities during his career, including the Utah Museum of Natural History, the Utah Division of State History, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, the Bureau of Land Management and various conservation organizations. With the University of Utah, he initiated the Range Creek Research Project in 2002. Jerry has also been a technical consult to the Prehistoric Museum at the College of Eastern Utah and the Utah Museum of Natural History. He has also written extensively on environmental and government issues, developing a unique perspective to problem-solving, advocacy and public outreach, and he frequently briefs state lawmakers and members of Congress on archaeological preservation issues.

Board President

James M. Aton

Cedar City, Utah

James M. Aton is a professor of English at Southern Utah University and author of the acclaimed “The River Knows Everything,” an environmental history of the Green River. He is a tireless advocate for the protection of culturally rich landscapes.

Board Vice-President

Shem Fischer

South Jordan, Utah

Shem Fischer is an executive with Oratech, one of the nation’s leading medical products companies. He brings to the board important business and management perspectives that will help CPAA grow in the years ahead.

Board  Treasurer

Elizabeth Bradley-Wilson

Salt Lake City, Utah

Elizabeth Bradley-Wilson is an administrator with the Utah Heritage Foundation, Utah’s leading organization working to preserve the state’s rich Euroamerican past. She brings perspective to CPAA efforts to preserve historic sites throughout the Colorado Plateau.

At Large

Steve Lutz

Salt Lake City, Utah

Steve Lutz works at Utah Valley University where he trains EMTs. More importantly, he has made his

mark with CPAA as a tireless volunteer since our inception in 2005. His dedication to the protection of

cultural resources in Desolation Canyon and other rivers in the West are indeed remarkable. He is also

an exceptional musician.

At Large

Ted Wilson

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ted Wilson is the past mayor of Salt Lake City and past environmental advisor to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. He is currently director of Government Relations at Talisker Corporation. He brings to the board decades of experience with non-profit organizations and critical insights to creative problem solving.

Paul D. Phillips

Golden, Colorado

Paul Phillips is a partner and past president of Holland & Hart, the West’s leading firm related to environmental law. He offers the board critical insights as to how CPAA can work collaboratively with industry within the context of current laws and regulations.

Duncan Metcalfe

Salt Lake City, Utah

Duncan Metcalfe is a professor of anthropology at the University of Utah and curator of archaeology at the Natural History Museum of Utah. He also directs the Range Creek Field Station and is a founding member of the CPAA board.

Rick Atkin

Salt Lake City, Utah

Rick Atkin is a manager of global marketing and commercialization at Dyno Nobel., a worldwide industrial and mining manufacturing company. He has volunteered on CPAA projects in the past and brings a strong business sense to our organization. He is a member of CPAA’s Strategic Business Committee.

Scott Holley

Seattle, Washington

Scott Holley is a director of Harken Capital Securities, a business that has raised over $3.5 billion from leading investors around the globe. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Scott directs CPAA’s business and fundraising strategies as chairman of the Strategic Business Committee.

Scott Hacking

Price, Utah

Scott Hacking is a regional engineer for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality with responsibilities over clean air and clean water in the Uinta Basin. He has volunteered hundreds of hours to CPAA since our inception. He brings to CPAA keen insights to federal and state environmental regulations.

Rick Chapoose

Fort Duchesne, Utah

Rick Chapoose is an official with the Uintah and Ouray Ute Tribe who implements tribal policy related to development. He is a fierce advocate for the protection of archaeological sites on tribal lands.

Norm Henderson

Brighton, Utah

Norm Henderson is the retired Colorado River Coordinator for the National Parks Service and was the resources manager at several National Parks. He has considerable experience in the protection of cultural resources on America’s most treasured lands.

Emily Dean

Cedar City, Utah

Emily Dean is an associate professor of anthropology at Southern Utah University. She is widely known for her research in the Andean Mountains of South America. Through Emily, CPAA involves SUU students and faculty in various CPAA preservation projects throughout the state. She also adds a strong academic presence.

Nancy Garbett

Park City, Utah

Nancy is president of Corporate Shaman Inc. and Wise Guides LLC. Nancy works with individuals organizations in developing a clear vision and direction and aligning the organization to that vision.  Her educational background includes medicine, history and quantum theory. She has a love of anthropology and archaeology, and spends a fair amount of time studying in Peru.  She is part of CPAA’s strategic business committee.

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The Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance is a non-profit organization created under the laws of the state of Utah

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