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Walking Colorado: An Introduction to the Origins Section

Added by yongli on 01/20/2017 - 11:41, last changed on 04/06/2017 - 11:26
Hundreds of generations of Native American ancestors are represented in Colorado by scatters of artifacts along with the less portable evidence of shelter, the warmth of hearths, storage needs, and symbolic expression. We learn about them through archaeology and indigenous peoples’ oral traditions...

Kewclaw Archaeological Site

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 16:22, last changed on 09/09/2016 - 12:35
Located in Battlement Mesa , the Kewclaw Archaeological Site contains the best-preserved Archaic period (5500 BCE–150 CE) structure in Colorado. Dating to at least 1095 BCE, the Kewclaw pithouse was built in a resource-rich area that would have allowed a nuclear family to use it as a base for...

Shavano Valley Rock Art Site

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 11:03, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
Located on the eastern edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau near Montrose , the Shavano Valley Rock Art Site is one of the most important concentrations of rock art in western Colorado. Used from at least 1000 BCE to 1900 CE by Archaic and Ute peoples, the site contains twenty-six panels of aboriginal...

Trinchera Cave Archaeological District

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 14:58, last changed on 03/16/2017 - 11:35
Located along Trinchera Creek about forty miles east of Trinidad , the Trinchera Cave Archaeological District is known primarily for its large assortment of well-preserved perishable artifacts, such as basketry and sandals. With diverse occupations ranging from the Paleo-Indian period (before 6000...

Vail Pass

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 15:08, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 21:06
Located in the southern Gore Range at an elevation of 10,662 feet, Vail Pass has been the site of periodic human occupations for at least 8,000 years. The prehistoric camp probably served as a high-altitude base when the growing population of nearby Native American groups caused them to expand...

Yarmony Archaeological Site

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 15:38, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 21:16
Located near the Colorado River about five miles north of State Bridge, the Yarmony Archaeological Site is a prehistoric habitation that saw at least five separate occupations during the Archaic period (6650 BCE–150 CE) and the Late Prehistoric period (150–1540 CE). The most significant components...
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