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High elevation archeology

AVON — One Book, One Valley continues with Eagle County’s archaeological and historical conversation — “To whom does the past belong?”

The program resumes this week on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with an archaeological discussion about Eagle County history at Walking Mountains Science Center titled, “High Elevation Archaeology: An Exploration of Eagle County’s 6,000 Year Legacy.”

Eagle County has a rich archaeological history that spans an incredible amount of time and diversity, beginning with prehistoric hunter-gatherers who occupied our mountain valleys 6,000 years ago, followed by Ute people, pioneers, miners, World War II soldiers training for high elevation combat and ski industry entrepreneurs.

Presenter Melissa Elkins will explore the archaeology of our area from the perspective of cultural resource management; a discipline that conducts work for development companies to preserve prehistoric and historic sites for posterity, but also works to educate the public about our rich past.

About the presenter

Elkins is a professional archaeologist with Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc., in Eagle. She has been employed as an archaeologist for twelve years by cultural resource management firms and academic institutions. Elkins has supervised both large and small-scale survey and data recovery projects in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. She previously specialized in the analysis of prehistoric ceramics including those of the Chaco and Mesa Verde areas, but has worked exclusively in western Colorado and eastern Utah for the past seven years.

One Book, One Valley is an initiative to encourage literacy and promote a sense of community by sharing a common topic for conversation throughout the Eagle Valley. It is a collaborative effort by The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College, Eagle Valley Library District, the Town of Vail Public Library and Walking Mountains Science Center.


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