Fieldwork 2017

In June 2017, we returned to the site to excavate areas of interest identified in our 2016 geophysical surveys and with our goals of better understanding Early Ceramic Period (200-1000 A.D.) mobility patterns, seasonal use, and site activities. The magnetometry survey was extremely productive in helping us place our excavation units. Based on the results we identified and excavated five rock-filled hearths and a roasting oven that is possibly inside a structure. On the living surface of this potential structure we found an in-situ mano and metate (hand stone and grinding stone). In general, we found countless fragments of grinding stones, various projectile points and other stone tools, and a handful of gray cord-marked ceramic fragments. Preliminary data suggest that people were primarily using raw stone materials from South Park and the Southern Front Range, which helps us understand where they were traveling to and from on their repeated journeys to Magic Mountain. The topographic location points to a cooler season occupation and the distribution of hearths and features suggests regular to intermittent use over a long period of time. Activities included food preparation, cooking, and projectile point manufacture. The analysis of the artifacts, botanical remains, and C14 samples begins in September 2017 and we will have much more to report soon. Please follow our Updates from the Lab 2017 to learn more. 

Project Overview

Nestled in the foothills along Lena Gulch in Golden, CO, Magic Mountain is proclaimed to be one of the most important archaeological sites on Colorado’s Front Range.

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Fieldwork 2017

In June 2017, we returned to the site to excavate areas of interest identified in our 2016 geophysical surveys and with our goals of better understanding the Early Ceramic Period.

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Outreach

One of the major goals of this project is to change this by reviving excavation efforts through citizen science project to learn more about this significant site and publish both popular and scholarly literature.

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