The Archaeology of Colorado by E. Steve Cassells

By E. Steve Cassells

Archaeologist Steve Cassells information the prehistory of Colorado from the Paleo-Indian immense and bison hunters during the Archaic, Fremont, and Plains forest peoples to the Anasazi of the southwest and the old Utes and Plains Indians. the writer attracts on unpublished studies, own communications, and exhaustive study within the published literature to make this a e-book during which even experts will locate new and interesting fabric. major websites from each cultural degree and each a part of the country are tested, and an "Archaeological Scrapbook" offers thumbnail sketches of the various colourful and important archaeologists who've stimulated the advance of the technological know-how within the country. thoroughly revised and up to date, "The Archaeology of Colorado" remains to be the main accomplished and critical publication at the topic ever released. It presents a whole assessment for the pro and beginner archaeologist and an outstanding advent for an individual attracted to the prehistory of the West.

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The basic aims of archaeology are to reconstruct the lifeways and culture histories of prehistoric peoples, to delineate culture changes in societies, and to generate possible explanations for these changes. This task is not easy. To illustrate, imagine yourself totally ignorant of modern western society. Being the investigator, you have been provided with one of every item from both a large supermarket and a Target, K-Mart or Wal Mart store (reasonable sources of the spectrum of common American artifacts).

Title. 8'01dc21 97-1761 CIP Printed in the United States by Johnson Printing 1880 South 57th Court Boulder, Colorado 80301 Printed on recycled paper with soy ink Page v To Jill the epitome of what "better half" should mean Page vii Contents Acknowledgments vii Preface to the First Edition ix Preface to the Second Edition xi 1 An Introduction to the Science of Archaeology 1 2 The New World in Global Perspective 6 3 Colorado's Environment 16 4 Archaeological Dating 25 5 Archaeological Theory 35 6 The Paleo-lndians 50 7 The Archaic 95 8 The Post-Archaic of Western Colorado 132 9 The Post-Archaic of Eastern Colorado 191 10 The Historic Tribes 233 11 Summary 252 12 Colorado Archaeology Today 256 13 Scrapbook of Colorado Archaeologists 269 Appendix I: Terminology 324 Appendix II: Colorado Archaeological Agencies and Institutions 330 Glossary 334 Bibliography 339 Index 397 About the Author 411 Page ix Acknowledgments This culture history of the state of Colorado would not have been possible without the kind help of many individuals.

North of Denver, along the Front Range, the dominant shrub is mountain mahogany mixed with a variety of smaller plants such as skunkbrush, serviceberry, and rose. South of Denver and on the Western Slope, the main component is oakbrush with an understory of serviceberry, bitterbrush, and rabbitbrush. Page 23 Between 8,500 and 9,500 feet, the ponderosa pineDouglas fir zone occurs. Grasses and forbs can proliferate beneath ponderosa due to the open nature of the tree growth patterns. " The spruce-fir zone predominates above the ponderosa pineDouglas fir zone.

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