University of Denver, Sturm Hall Room 453
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
Dr. Marcel Kornfeld, University of Wyoming
Popular perceptions of mountains, including the Rocky Mountains, as inhospitable for permanent
human occupation, have been shown to be just that, perceptions, based on little or no evidence.
Intensive recent investigations throughout the Rockies are showing that prehistoric peoples lived
in the entire range since first entering the continent some 13,000 years ago. Several areas of the
Rockies are, however, of particular interest as they confront their occupants with high altitude
conditions. Colorado’s Middle Park is one such region that is large enough to have sustained a
viable population of hunter-gatherers throughout prehistory and into recent times. Paleoidians
from about 13,000 to 8000 years ago in Middle Park are the focus of this presentation.