Ten Thousand Years of Occupation in the Colorado Mountains
The Southern Rockies are known for their jagged peaks and abundant wildlife. While many think of this alpine country as remote wilderness, archaeological research provides a different narrative. More than 2,000 prehistoric Colorado sites are known at elevations higher than 3,000 meters. This demonstrates that the highlands—rather than being a barrier—played a significant role in the lives of ancient Native Americans. Dr. Jason LaBelle of Colorado State University gives an overview of the alpine archaeology of Colorado, focusing on hunting sites and other key places, proposing reasons for their construction and use over millennia, and arguing for the importance of these places then and now.
Our state’s natural beauty lends itself to a diverse array of stories. The people, places and objects of history enliven our understanding of what it means to be a Coloradan. Whether you live in an urban setting or hail from a rural burg in our stunning prairies or mountain landscapes, we all share a common heritage. Natives and newcomers alike can always learn something new in this series, an assortment of topics that exemplifies a potpourri of history.