By Florence C. Lister, P. G. Duke
Durango, Colorado, positioned within the 4 corners area of southwest Colorado, has lengthy been a space of curiosity to specialist archaeologists and non-professional lovers alike. as well as its usual good looks, the realm has been host to a few ancestral Pueblo Indian teams courting again to prehistoric instances. within the Thirties, archeological pros made up a small, transforming into crew whereas the ranks of beginner lovers and pothunters, those that dug historic websites for artifacts out of interest or for financial achieve, swelled. Prehistory at risk is the 1st exact account of the early interval of archeological learn of the Durango quarter. the realm, nonetheless rife with unexplored websites, drew many self-trained amateurs and pothunters. As a growing number of traditionally major artifacts have been came across, sour disagreement and animosity constructed among execs and fanatics. Prehistory in danger follows the interesting drama and re-evaluates facts from in demand archeologists of that point, and takes under consideration newer study to attract new conclusions concerning the prehistoric cultural styles printed within the southern Colorado sector of Durango.
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Extra resources for Prehistory in Peril: The Worst and the Best of Durango Archeology
The introduction of modern archaeology to the Durango area during the 1970s coincided with the growing civil rights movement, one aspect of which was a strengthening of Indian identity. That political empowerment gave Native American groups a voice to protest what they saw as Anglo insensitivity toward their dead and certain sacred objects and places. Scientists were put on notice that much of the activity that once took place in the Durango district in the name of archaeologyfor example, the exhumation and display of human remains or burial offeringswould no longer be countenanced.
In 1934, with Page 15 Public Works Administration funds, he was directing the reconstruction of the Great Kiva at Aztec Ruins, which thirteen years previously he had cleared on behalf of the American Museum of Natural History. That project, extensive repair efforts at the associated twelfth-century house compound, museum construction, and beautification of the monument grounds provided badly needed employment for crews of men drawn from the surrounding communities and consequently were the subject of a steady flow of local news releases.
View of Falls Creek Valley, looking northwest. Two rock shelters with aboriginal deposits are located at the base of the prominent white stratum. Courtesy San Juan-Rio Grande National Forest. of geologic strata was a series of moist spots indicating tiny seeps. These may have been exploited by the ancient inhabitants to provide drinking water. The Daniels party was more interested in some drawings on the stained ceiling near the north end of the shelter. At that place the floor level rose so that there was little more than head room between it and the overriding roof.