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    Mantle’s Cave, located in Dinosaur National Monument, is an important archaeological site containing well-preserved artifacts from the Fremont period, about 1,000 years ago.
    Mantle's Cave
  • Storage cists

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    Central portion of Mantle’s Cave showing four storage cists built against rocks in the foreground.
    Storage cists
  • Earthen cists

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    Cluster of twenty-six earthen cists on the western end of Mantle's Cave.
    Earthen cists
  • Earthen cist and cover
  • Masonry cist

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    Coursed masonry cist built on a large slab fallen from the cave roof.
    Masonry cist



Robert F. Burgh, “University of Colorado Museum, Dinosaur National Monument Expedition, 1948,” unpublished manuscript (Jensen, UT: Dinosaur National Monument, 1948).

James H. Gunnerson, “The Fremont Culture,” Papers of the Peabody Museum 59, no. 2 (Cambridge, MA, 1969).

Gordon W. Hewes, “California Flicker-Quill Headbands in Light of an Ancient Colorado Cave Specimen,” American Antiquity 18 (October 1952).

Jonathon C. Horn and Alan D. Reed, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, Mantle’s Cave, 5MF1 (Montrose, CO: Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc., 1989).

Jonathon C. Horn and Alan D. Reed, Structural Stabilization of Mantle’s Cave (5MF1), Dinosaur National Monument, Moffat County, Colorado (Montrose, CO: Alpine Archaeological Consultants, 1989).

Charles Scoggin, “Preliminary Report of the Archaeological Field Work of the University of Colorado Museum in Yampa Canyon, 1939–40,” unpublished manuscript (Jensen, UT: Dinosaur National Monument, 1941).

James A. Truesdale, “Radiocarbon Age for the Flicker-Feather-Headdress from Mantle’s Cave (5MF1), Dinosaur National Monument,” Southwestern Lore 59 (Fall 1993).

Additional Information: 

Mantle’s Cave Archaeological Collection,” University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

Mantle’s Cave Collection,” Colorado Connecting to Collections, Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library.

Queeda Mantle Walker, The Mantle Ranch (Boulder: Fred Pruett Books, 2005).