This project will identify and document culturally modified (peeled) trees on a portion of the San Juan National Forest. The purpose is to assess their distribution and current condition in order to develop a long-term preservation plan.
This project updated Escalante Game Drive Site documentation, as well as, completed a geospatial model of the interaction of animals and hunters at the site. Results will be used by the Colorado Archaeological Society Chipeta Chapter's site steward program.
Russell Gulch Cemetery (5GL.113) will be re-recorded to current standards. Documentation methods include archival research, pedestrian survey, and a variety of geophysical techniques. Updated documentation will enable preservation planning of the cemetery.
The project will assess a new class of prehistoric artifacts called lithophones, a type of ancient musical instrument consisting of portable, shaped rock artifacts what were struck to produce musical notes. Although lithophones have been utilized in ancient cultures around the world, only a few have been formally documented in North America, and no lithophones have been documented in Colorado.
This grant will create a preservation plan for the archaeological collection. Two conservators will analyze and recommend curation methods for archaeological and archival materials. Trained students will inventory the entire Colorado collection at the box level. Students will then re-house and curate a test collection, Kinney Spring Site (5LR.144).
The project will collect and interpret data on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of archaeology and cultural landscape preservation. The resulting reports—one technical, one "popular"—will demonstrate to state and local officials, advocacy groups, educational institutions, and all Colorado citizens that archaeology and preservation provide measurable economic, social and environmental benefits to the State of Colorado and its citizens.
The 1913 Argo Mill is an iconic structure in the Idaho Springs viewshed. It represents the 19th and early 20th century Rocky Mountain Mining boom to millions of visitors who pass by on Interstate 70. The Mill has suffered the effects of wind, weather, and lack of basic maintenance for decades.