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SPSS has been a long standing partner with the South Park National Heritage Area exploring and preserving its rich archaeological history.  South Park is a high mountain plateau 50 miles long and 35 miles wide, surrounded by towering mountain peaks with elevation ranges from 8,500 feet to more than 14,000 feet.  From canyons to grasslands to high alpine summits, archaeologists have studied the remaining prehistoric fossils and early human occupation.


The landscape 10,000 years ago would have been cooler and wetter than today and contained a number of now extinct species including  mammoth and a very large form of bison hunted by Indigenous peoples who traveled through South Park seasonally in late summer/early fall.

Site Stewards not only monitor and record the conditions of known historic an prehistoric  sites in South Park, they extend the archaeological record through reconnaissance and survey activities which frequently result in newly discovered cultural resources and sites.


South Park, Colorado

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