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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
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Investigating an Archaic Basin House teaches students about a basin house used about 5,000 years ago in Colorado and about possible descendants of the people who lived there, through authentic archaeological and historical inquiry.
It includes archaeologists’ interpretations of the Basin House site and details about the artifacts found. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of the Blue Knife Site’s basin house are provided for students to study and use.
Mr. Clifford Duncan, a Ute Elder, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology students discover artifacts left behind and how pollen analysis assists in the interpretation of artifacts and the lifeways of the sites residents.
Investigating a Rock Shelter teaches students about early life in Northwestern Colorado through authentic archaeological research conducted on the Red Army Rock Shelter Site.
It includes details about the excavations at the Red Army Rock Shelter site, as well as artifacts found and interpretations of the site. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site are provided for students.
Mr. Clifford Duncan, a Ute Elder, guides students through this investigation. Through archaeology, students discover artifacts left behind, how to analyze rock art, and why rock shelter sites are important to archaeologists and living descendants.
Beginning in the early 1990’s, Megg Heath and her staff at the Anasazi Heritage Center (AHC) in Dolores Colorado led efforts to establish Project Archaeology in Colorado. Southwest Colorado often is the center of heritage education involving the AHC and partners, such as the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. In an attempt to reach rural areas, BLM incorporated Project Archaeology programs in compliance activities under the National Historic Preservation Act for interstate pipeline projects in northwest Colorado. In partnership with Kinder Morgan, ElPaso Corporation, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants and Alpine Archaeological Consultants, these programs provided teacher workshops, online training and curriculum development for Investigating Shelter and Investigating a Rock Shelter. Investigating a Rock Shelter teaches students about early life in Northwestern Colorado through authentic archaeological research conducted on the Ute Red Army Rock Shelter Site.Currently, efforts are focused on providing professional development for educators in the Denver metro area.
Project Archaeology in Colorado has enjoyed new interest and enthusiasm over the past two years. Educator workshops were held in Bloomfield and Ouray in 2013 and the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists (CCPA) Education Committee chose Project Archaeology as its platform for public education and outreach. In the fall of 2013, for the first time, Project Archaeology and the BLM partnered with the CCPA Education Committee to fund an annual Project Archaeology educators’ workshop in conjunction with the CCPA annual meeting in March, 2014. The workshop was a small group which included museum educators, archaeologists, a student and an avocational archaeologist from the Colorado Archaeological Society, an eclectic group, but one which immediately began planning to use their training in the months ahead.
A Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter Educators’ Workshop is planned for late July at History Colorado in Denver. An Archaeology Adventure camp using the Project Archaeology Rock Shelter curriculum will be held in July at the Longmont Museum. Plans are also on the table for hosting an open house show casing Project Archaeology: Intrigue of the Past and student work at History Colorado to celebrate International Archaeology Day in October, 2014.
Members of the CCPA Education Committee have also taken Project Archaeology to several conferences including presenting papers and posters at the CCPA annual meeting in Denver and the SAA annual meeting in Honolulu in the spring of 2013 and a symposium and poster presentation at the Plains Anthropological Conference in Loveland, Colorado in the fall of 2013. Archaeologist/educators from CCPA have also presented to Public Archaeology classes at the University of Northern Colorado this past spring.
Grand Junction, CO
Grand Juncion, CO
El Pueblo History Museum
Colorado Archaeological Society