Upcoming Fieldwork 2018–Get Involved!

For the second year in a row the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) and Paleocultural Research Group (PCRG) are partnering for a community-based public archaeology project at Magic Mountain in Golden, CO and we need your help! We will be in the field for two sessions: June 18-27 and July 5-15. We are seeking volunteers in three areas:


Tour Guides We are looking for volunteers to lead community (public) tours. The tours will orient visitors to the archaeology of region and the site. An appreciation of archaeology is desired, but no previous experience is necessary.

Excavators We are looking for volunteers to help with the excavation. They will assist with digging, screening, and paperwork. Some prior archaeological experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Education Excavators We seek individuals with a background in archaeology and a passion for teaching archaeology to the public to lead the public excavations and assist with youth groups who will be joining us most days of the project. Archaeology experience required; work with youth and/or public preferred.

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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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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