Minette Church, Ph.D.

Minette Church, Ph.D.

Minette Church, Ph.D.

Associate Professor



During the fall of 2016, she is Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Palaeoecology, in the School of Natural and Built Environment, at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
She has been UCCS faculty since 1997. She earned her MA in Museum Curatorship in 1991 and her Ph.D. in American Civilization/Historical Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Her areas of geographic interest are Belize, Central America and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands; in both regions she focuses on the archaeology of parenting and childhood, landscape archaeology, border regions, and colonial/post-colonial transnational identities.


2017. “’La Luz de Aceite es Triste’: Archaeology of Nighttime in Households along the Santa Fé Trail. In Archaeology of the Night. Nancy Gonlin and April Nowell, eds. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

2017. Designs on/of the Land: Competing Visions, Displacement, and Landscape Memory in British Colonial Honduras. By Christine Kray, Minette C. Church, and Jason R. Yeager. In Landscape, Memory and the Politics of Place: Archaeologists, Stakeholders, and the Intangible Heritage of Landscape. Fernando Armstrong-Fumero, ed. University Press of Colorado.

2017. The Cultural Context of Commerce: Historical Anthropology along the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. In Historical Archaeology through a Western Lens. Margaret Purser, and Mark Warner, eds. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

2016. “Santa Fé Trail” entry in Colorado Encyclopedia. Colorado Humanities. http://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/santa-f%C3%A9-trail-0

2014. "Archaeology along Austin Bluffs" AND "Life along the Bluffs since the Coming of the Railroad." In Discovering Place – A UCCS Field Guide. Co-authors William Arbogast and Roche Lindsey. Thomas Huber, ed. University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

2011. The San Pedro Maya and the British Colonial Enterprise in British Honduras: “We may have a perfectly harmless and well affected inhabitant turned into a designing and troublesome neighbor" Minette C. Church, Jason Yaeger, and Jennifer L. Dornan. In Enduring Conquests: Rethinking Resistance to Spanish Colonialism in the Americas. Matthew Liebmann and Melissa Murphy, eds. School of Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe.

2008. "Purgatorio, Purgatoire, or Picketwire: Negotiating local, national, and transnational identities along the Purgatoire River in 19th century Colorado”. In Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains. Laura L. Scheiber and Bonnie J. Clark, eds. U. Press of Colorado, Boulder.

2007. Colorado History: A Context for Historical Archaeology. Church, Minette C., Steven G. Baker, Bonnie J. Clark, Richard F. Carrillo, Jonathon C. Horn, Carl D. Späth, David R. Guilfoyle, and E. Steve Cassells. Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, Denver.

2005. Historic Hispanic Settlement and Land-Use on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and the Comanche and Cimarron Grassland. Prepared for the National Park Service, Midwest Archaeological Center, and funded by the Pike-San Isabel National Forest.

2005. Evaluative Testing of the Bent Canyon Stage Station on the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Las Animas County, Colorado. Minette C. Church and Pamela Cowen. Prepared for the National Park Service, Midwest Archaeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, and funded by the Department of the Army, Fort Carson Command, Directorate of Environmental Compliance and Management, Cultural Resources Management Program, Fort Carson, Colorado.

2002. The Grant and the Grid: Homestead Landscapes in the Late Nineteenth Century Borderlands of Southeastern Colorado, Journal of Social Archaeology 2 (2).