Dig into the archaeology of Colorado’s ancestral Pueblo communities to help uncover clues about the ancient switch from hunting and gathering to agriculture.
Around the globe, humans made a critical transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. This radical change set in motion many transformations in human population size, social organization, and human–environmental relationships. The reasons for this transition are poorly understood. The Mesa Verde region in southwest Colorado is ideal for studying this transition, which occurred in this area during the Basketmaker III period (A.D. 500 to 750) and the subsequent effects of the transition over the following seven centuries. The Pueblo people, who live in the area today, are direct descendants of the Basketmakers; it may be possible to trace their origins to ancient Basketmaker III societies.
You’ll join a group of archaeologists at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in Cortez, Colorado, to take part in hands-on archaeological fieldwork by excavating within a large ancestral Pueblo community in the region.
When you’re not excavating, doing lab work, or learning about archaeology, you’ll enjoy the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. You’ll explore restaurants and museums as well as sites such as Hovenweep National Monument, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park.