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As the Ice Age waned, Clovis hunter-gatherers began to explore and colonize the area now known as Colorado. Their descendents and later Paleoindian migrants spread throughout Colorado's plains and mountains, adapting to diverse landforms and the changing climate. In this new volume, Robert H. Brunswig and Bonnie L. Pitblado assemble experts in archaeology, paleoecology-climatology, and paleofaunal analysis to share new discoveries about these ancient people of Colorado. The editors introduce the research with scientific context. A review of seventy-five years of Paleoindian archaeology in Colorado highlights the foundation on which new work builds, and a survey of Colorado's ancient climates and ecologies helps readers understand Paleoindian settlement patterns. Eight essays discuss archaeological evidence from Plains to high Rocky Mountain sites. The book offers the most thorough analysis to date of Dent--the first Clovis site discovered. Essays on mountain sites show how advances in methodology and technology have allowed scholars to reconstruct settlement patterns and changing lifeways in this challenging environment. Colorado has been home to key moments in human settlement and in the scientific study of our ancient past. Readers interested in the peopling of the New World as well as those passionate about the methods and history of archaeology will find new material and satisfying overviews in this book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Part 1: Environmental and Archaeological Context
  1. 1. Late Quaternary Prehistoric Environments of the Colorado Front Range
  2. pp. 11-38
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  1. 2. That Was Then, This Is Now: Seventy-Five Years of Paleoindian Research in Colorado
  2. pp. 39-84
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  1. Part 2: New Research at the Dent Clovis Site, Northeastern Colorado Plains
  1. 3. New Interpretations of the Dent Mammoth Site: A Synthesis of Recent Multidisciplinary Evidence
  2. pp. 87-121
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  1. 4. Season of Death of the Dent Mammoths: Distinguishing Single from Multiple Mortality Events
  2. pp. 123-153
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  1. 6. Phytolith and Starch Analysis of Dent Site Mammoth Teeth Calculus: New Evidence for Late Pleistocene Mammoth Diets and Environments
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Part 3: New Research in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
  1. 8. Folsom Hearth-Centered Use of Space at Barger Gulch, Locality B
  2. pp. 219-259
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  1. 9. Paleoindian Cultural Landscapes and Archaeology of North-Central Colorado's Southern Rockies
  2. pp. 261-310
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  1. 10. Angostura, Jimmy Allen, Foothills-Mountain: Clarifying Terminology for Late Paleoindian Southern Rocky Mountain Spear Points
  2. pp. 311-337
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  1. Afterword: A Wyoming Archaeologist's Past and Present View of Wyoming and Colorado Paleoindian Archaeology
  2. pp. 339-355
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 357-364
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870819766
Related ISBN
9780870818905
MARC Record
OCLC
475628061
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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