Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology of the Colorado High Country

Author(s): Mark A. Stiger

Year: 2001


Synthesizing research from several important, previously neglected sites, the book anchors its findings in a massive body of data that Mark Stiger gathered over eight years at Tenderfoot - a large lithic-scatter site once categorized as insignificant. Advances in spatial analysis, theoretical approaches, and excavation methods have allowed lithic-scatter sites, once considered less revealing than intact structures and similar sites, to yield startlingly rich cultural evidence. Presenting artifactual data that reflects changes in houses, game drives, fire pits, stone tools, and debitage, Stiger explains the cultural sequence in the Upper Gunnison Basin and its connections to changes across the West.  He relates environmental and cultural changes, relying on paleoenvironmental evidence, changes in floral and faunal usage patterns, and data recovered in multi-year, repetitive surface collections.  An overview and critique of past research in the region complements discussion of the advantages of horizontally extensive block excavations and other contemporary ways of excavating and analyzing surface sites. Stiger's findings hold promise for future research, as high-altitude surface sites are common, under-researched, and relatively well-preserved. The advances in archaeological method and theory that enabled Stiger's outstanding results in the Upper Gunnison Basin will allow many other Western sites to yield fascinating evidence. Included here is the cover page, title page, table of contents, and first chapter entitled "The Archaeology of Colorado's High Country". The book in its entirety (317 pages) is available from University Press of Colorado.

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Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology of the Colorado High Country. Mark A. Stiger. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado. 2001 ( tDAR id: 374912) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8VQ31W9

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min long: -108.962; min lat: 37.09 ; max long: -105.051; max lat: 40.897 ;

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