Discovering Archaeology in Colorado


Intrigue of the Past: Discovering Archaeology in Colorado supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, and Science. The guide supplements Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher’s Activity Guide for Fourth through Seventh Grades. The interdisciplinary lessons within Discovering Archaeology in Colorado facilitate literacy instruction across the content areas while also promoting the development of critical thinking skills. Lessons include problem solving, scientific inquiry, observation-inference, cooperative learning, and citizenship skills as students learn about the people of Colorado’s past and present. Students learn about different archaeological sites throughout Colorado such as sites with rock art, bison kill sites and early villages or towns. Developing an understanding of the importance of stewardship of archaeological sites through the appreciation of the lives of people who previously occupied Colorado is the goal. Archaeology, an interdisciplinary field, provides a natural integration of science with language arts, mathematics, social studies, and history.

Intrigue of the Past: Discovering Archaeology in Colorado was published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It was a joint project between the BLM, Colorado Heritage Society, the Southwest Board of Cooperative Services, Cortez, and the San Juan Board of Cooperative Services, Durango.



iv                     Credits

vi                     Introduction

ix                     Introduction to Educators

x                      How to Use This Book

xi                     Illustration Credits


1                                            Keet of the Paleo-Indian Period

2                                            Pana-Toosi of the Archaic Period

3                                            Povi of the AncientPuebloPeople

4                                            Little Hawk of theFremont

5                                            Wolf, Little Bear, and the Ute Bear Dance

6                                            Plains Indians: LittleWillowof theCheyenne

7                                            Susan’s Visit and the Mining Period

8                                            Iron Horses: TheColoradoRailroads

9                                           Doris: Homesteading on the Colorado Plains

10                                        Hayboys & Cowboys: Ranching inColorado

11                                        Student Glossary



1                                            Teacher Lesson Plans

2                                            References

3                                            Resource Guide

4                                            Evaluation Form

5                                            Index