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Walking Colorado: An Introduction to the Origins Section

Added by yongli on 01/20/2017 - 11:41, last changed on 09/02/2017 - 01:07
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...

Calhan Paint Mines

Added by yongli on 05/17/2017 - 15:46, last changed on 08/29/2017 - 08:04
Located near Calhan , about thirty-five miles northeast of Colorado Springs , the Calhan Paint Mines are an area of clay deposits that have seen extensive prehistoric habitation and historic quarrying of the clay for pottery and bricks. In the 1990s, archaeological fieldwork at the site revealed...

Draper Cave Archaeological Site

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 16:38, last changed on 08/29/2017 - 08:04
The Draper Cave Archaeological Site contains evidence of human occupation dating back to the Middle Archaic period (3000–1000 BCE). In 1972 the Denver chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society excavated the site under the supervision of Ivol K. Hagar. The most important discovery was the...

Harris Archaeological Site

Added by yongli on 05/04/2017 - 11:00, last changed on 08/26/2017 - 15:02
The Harris Archaeological Site includes an Archaic period rockshelter first occupied at least 3,500 years ago, associated rock art , and a separate historic Ute campsite along a drainage on the eastern edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau . The site is named for Bill Harris, who discovered it in 1984,...

Kewclaw Archaeological Site

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 16:22, last changed on 08/26/2017 - 15:43
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...

Roxborough State Park Archaeological District

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 13:17, last changed on 08/31/2017 - 06:35
The Roxborough State Park Archaeological District contains one historic homestead and a variety of prehistoric rockshelters and campsites dating back to at least the Early Archaic period (5500–3000 BCE). It is located at the southern end of the valley between the hogback ridge and the foothills,...

Shavano Valley Rock Art Site

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 11:03, last changed on 08/31/2017 - 06:45
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 08/31/2017 - 07:32
Located 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 BCE) to the 1800s CE,...

Vail Pass

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 15:08, last changed on 09/04/2017 - 01:07
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 08/31/2017 - 08:08
Located near the Colorado River 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 of the site are...
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