The Magic Mountain archeological site will be the topic of the Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program on March 6. The Zoom program, beginning at 10:00 a. m., will feature Dr. Mark D. Mitchell who will talk about the results of new archeological research at the site.
The Magic Mountain site, located in a hogback valley south of Golden, Colorado, is among the best-known archaeological sites in the South Platte River basin. For at least 8,000 years, American Indians camped at the site while exploiting the area’s rich plant and animal resources.
To learn more about how native peoples used the area, Paleo Cultural Research Group (PCRG) and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) in 2016 began a program of long-term archaeological research at the site. In addition to field research, the project also involved community outreach and engagement: over the course of two summers, more than 3,000 people attended free tours or participated in the field research. In this talk, PCRG Research Director Dr. Mark Mitchell, discusses what has been learned about the site and about the ancient history of Colorado’s Front Range.
Dr. Mark D. Mitchell is the Research Director for Paleo Cultural Research Group, a nonprofit that conducts research, trains students, and educates the public on the archaeology and paleoecology of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has more than 35 years of experience in the archaeological field and laboratory research. Mitchell’s research in Colorado focuses on how technology and the environmental change affected native peoples’ economic choices. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs on the archaeology of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains.
The program begins at 10:00 a.m. March 6, with time for questions from the audience at its conclusion. The program can be accessed on the Central Colorado Humanist website: centralcoloradohumanists.org.