Eagle Rock: a brief look at cultural changes in one rock shelter between 13,000 and 6,000 BP


Eagle Rock is a multi-component site with occupational horizons dating from 13,000 to 350 BP. This rock shelter is located in west central Colorado along the Gunnison River. Between 13,000 to 6,000 BP there is evidence of change in the lithic technology at the site. This is readily apparent in the artifact assemblage. There, however, seems to be some continuity in food-ways at the site. This presentation will briefly put forward what we have learned as a result of micro and macro botanical analysis over the last seven years. We will also put forward how the faunal remains at the site indicate subtle changes in diet but also indicate some continuity in terms of the types of meat processed and consumed at the site. Over time the continuity in food selection seems to indicate a dependence on similar plant and faunal resources at this site. There is a tenuous suggestion that throughout the sites occupational history certain food sources were always available at this location contributing to the reuse of this rock shelter by a variety of groups from 13,000 to 6,000 BP.

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Eagle Rock: a brief look at cultural changes in one rock shelter between 13,000 and 6,000 BP. A. Dudley Gardner, Glade Hadden, Adreanna Jensen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397575)

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min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;