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The Archaic Period in Colorado

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    Natural rockshelters such as Draper Cave in Custer County were popular camp site locations during the Archaic period.
    Draper Cave, Colorado



E. Steve Cassells, The Archaeology of Colorado, 2nd ed. (Boulder, CO: Johnson Books, 1997).

John D. Gooding, The Archaeology of Vail Pass Camp: A Multi-Component Base Camp below Tree Limit in the Southern Rockies. Highway Salvage Report 35 (Denver: Colorado Department of Highways, 1981).

Gordon R. Willey and Philip Phillips, Method and Theory in American Archaeology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958; reprint ed., Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001).

Additional Information: 

Archaic Period Sites,” Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2011).

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, “Archaic: 6000 to 500 B.C., Peoples of the Mesa Verde Region” (Cortez, CO, 2014).

David Grant Noble, Ancient Colorado: An Archaeological Perspective (Denver: Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, 2000).

Tammy Stone, The Prehistory of Colorado and Adjacent Areas (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1999).