Experience nearby nature and Colorado history during an exciting hands-on community opportunity this summer. Dig into the work of Dr. Michele Koons, curator of archaeology, and her team at the archaeological site known as Magic Mountain just outside Golden.
FREE opportunities for you to experience the site range from a one-hour tour about the history of the area and some of the artifacts being unearthed to a more extensive opportunity to get your hands dirty using archaeology tools and techniques.
Magic Mountain is one of the most important archaeological sites on Colorado’s Front Range. The earliest artifacts date back to 5000 BCE, when the site would have served as camping grounds for mobile hunter-gatherer groups.
Although Magic Mountain has been previously explored by archaeologists, this project revives the excavation through a community-based effort that will likely lead to new science and discoveries. You can be a part of uncovering and sharing human-environmental history over the last 7,000 years, if not more!
TOUR DATE OPTIONS
June 20–27 and July 5–14
Sign up at dmns.org/toursatmagicmountain.
Tours begin every half hour between 8:30 AM with the last tour starting at 2:30 PM. Tours last approximately one hour and thirty minutes.
Each tour will be comprised of part history, part hands on! Over the course of the one and a half hour tour, you will have the chance to discover the history of the region and artifacts found at the site as well as get your hands dirty in the excavation with the help of professional archaeologists.
While the tours are not physically strenuous please plan accordingly for walking and standing in the sun. Recommended items to bring with you are listed below.
Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
Bag/backpack to carry personal water, snacks, sunscreen, etc. along with you on tours
Sweatshirt and rain jacket in case of cooler weather
Water bottles (extra water will be available if needed)