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Ken-Caryl South Valley Archaeological District

  • South Valley Rock Outcrops

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    From at least the Middle Archaic period to the Early Ceramic period, prehistoric peoples used the many large rock outcrops in South Valley as shelters.
    South Valley Rock Outcrops
  • South Valley

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    South Valley's mild weather would have made the area an attractive winter camp, especially with the southwest-facing rock shelters providing warmth from the sun and protection from snows and north winds.
    South Valley
  • Lockheed Martin

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    In 1974, the insulation and roofing company Johns-Manville built a large headquarters at the southwest end of the valley and formed the Ken-Caryl Ranch Corporation to develop the area. In the 1980s, Johns-Manville sold its property to Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), which later allowed Jefferson County Open Space to buy South Valley Park to save it from development.
    Lockheed Martin
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References: 

Archaeological Investigations at the Ken-Caryl Ranch, Colorado (Denver: Colorado Archaeological Society, 1997).

Lawrence E. Moore, “Prehistoric Sites and Settlement Patterns in the Ken-Caryl Valley, Jefferson County, Colorado,” Southwestern Lore 68, no.1 (2002).

Gordon C. Tucker Jr., Marcia J. Tate, and William Hammond, “Ken-Caryl South Valley Archaeological District [5JF2758],” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (April 2002).

Additional Information: 

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

James H. Gunnerson, Archaeology of the High Plains (Denver: Bureau of Land Management, 1987).

Douglas M. Medina, “Preliminary Report of the Excavation of the Bradford House III Site, Ken Caryl Ranch,” Southwestern Lore 41, no. 4 (1975).

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