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Walking Colorado: An Introduction to the Origins Section

Added by yongli on 01/20/2017 - 11:41, last changed on 02/02/2023 - 15:38
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...

Dent Site

Added by yongli on 05/09/2016 - 15:35, last changed on 10/26/2022 - 15:43
Early colonists occupied Colorado’s rich and ecologically diverse landscapes in the waning millennia of our planet’s most recent major Ice Age, the Pleistocene, between 14,000 and 12,000 years. Our best-documented evidence for Colorado’s earliest hunter and gatherer inhabitants, people we call...

Flattop Butte

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 15:52, last changed on 11/20/2022 - 22:17
Located northwest of Sterling , Flattop Butte is a rock outcrop that was used extensively by prehistoric peoples as a source of stone for tools. The butte has a Chadron Formation capstone that is the only major bedrock source of high-quality stone between central Kansas/Nebraska and the Rocky...

Fluted Points

Added by yongli on 12/29/2015 - 12:38, last changed on 11/27/2022 - 08:59
Fluted projectile points represent the earliest North American stone tool technology, although they comprise a small portion of the overall stone technology observed in the New World. These easily recognized spear points represent one form of technology used by the earliest human inhabitants of...

Gordon Creek Burial Site

Added by yongli on 05/25/2016 - 13:08, last changed on 11/20/2022 - 22:22
Discovered in 1963, the Gordon Creek Burial Site is a Paleo-Indian burial in the Roosevelt National Forest in north-central Colorado. The site, which dates to about 7700 BCE, contained the skeleton of a young woman and several artifacts apparently buried with her. Recently the site has been...

Lamb Spring Archaeological Site

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 16:26, last changed on 11/22/2022 - 16:38
Located in Douglas County southeast of Chatfield State Park, the Lamb Spring Archaeological Site is the only major site with Paleo-Indian (before 6000 BCE) deposits in the metropolitan Denver area. First excavated in 1961–62, the site contains bison and mammoth bones from the Paleo-Indian period,...

Paleo-Indian Period

Added by yongli on 05/02/2016 - 14:08, last changed on 11/20/2022 - 21:57
The Paleo-Indian period is the era from the end of the Pleistocene (the last Ice Age) to about 9,000 years ago (7000 BC), during which the first people migrated to North and South America. This period is seen through a glass darkly: Paleo-Indian sites are few and scattered, and the material from...
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