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Archaeological Institute of America, Denver Chapter Lecture-Dr. Marcel Kornfeld
November 16, 2014
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
University of Denver
Room 453 (4th Floor)
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
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Rocky Mountains and the First Americans: A Middle Park Perspective
Popular perceptions of mountains, including the Rocky Mountains, as inhospitable for permanent human occupation, have been shown to be just that, perceptions, based on little or no evidence. Intensive recent investigations throughout the Rockies are showing that prehistoric peoples lived in the entire range since first entering the continent some 13,000 years ago. Several areas of the Rockies are, however, of particular interest as they confront their occupants with high altitude conditions. Colorado’s Middle Park is one such region that is large enough to have sustained a viable population of hunter-gatherers throughout prehistory and into recent times. Paleoindians from about 13,000 to 8000 years ago in Middle Park are the focus of this presentation.
Dr. Marcel Kornfeld is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. For nearly 40 years he has researched and written about Rocky Mountain and Plains Archaeology and prehistory.