As the Ice Age waned, Clovis hunter-gatherers began to explore
and colonize the area now known as Colorado. Their descendents and
later Paleoindian migrants spread throughout
Colorado's plains and mountains, adapting to
diverse landforms and the changing climate. In this new volume,
Robert H. Brunswig and Bonnie L. Pitblado assemble experts in
archaeology, paleoecology-climatology, and paleofaunal analysis to
share new discoveries about these ancient people of Colorado.
The editors introduce the research with scientific context. A
review of seventy-five years of Paleoindian archaeology in Colorado
highlights the foundation on which new work builds, and a survey of
Colorado's ancient climates and ecologies helps
readers understand Paleoindian settlement patterns.
Eight essays discuss archaeological evidence from Plains to high
Rocky Mountain sites. The book offers the most thorough analysis to
date of Dent--the first Clovis site discovered. Essays on mountain
sites show how advances in methodology and technology have allowed
scholars to reconstruct settlement patterns and changing lifeways
in this challenging environment.
Colorado has been home to key moments in human settlement and in
the scientific study of our ancient past. Readers interested in the
peopling of the New World as well as those passionate about the
methods and history of archaeology will find new material and
satisfying overviews in this book. Contributors include Rosa Maria
Albert, Robert H. Brunswig, Reid A. Bryson, Linda Scott Cummings,
James Doerner, Daniel C. Fisher, David L. Fox, Bonnie L. Pitblado,
Jeffrey L. Saunders, Todd A. Surovell, R. A. Varney, and Nicole M.
Subjects: Sociology, Archaeology
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