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Outreach

Although Magic Mountain is very important to Colorado’s past, no popular literature exists and it is not a large part of local lore or the identity of the region. 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. During the fieldwork in 2017 we offered two types of tours to interested stakeholders and the general public. The first was a standard site tour covering the prehistory and history of the region while highlighting what was found in past investigations and recent finds. The second tour type allowed participants to try their hand at excavation side by side with a real archaeologist. In 2017 we also partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and TeamWorks/Teens, Inc. to deliver programming and guided excavation experience. We will build on these experiences for the 2018 season, please see Upcoming Fieldwork 2018—Get Involved for more information. 

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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