Dr. Marcel Kornfeld, University of Wyoming: Rocky Mountains and the First Americans: A Middle Park Perspective
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America Denver Chapter University of Denver
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:00pm

University of Denver, Sturm Hall Room 453
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

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.

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