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Next Meeting

Dr. Mark Stiger
The Mountaineer Site
October 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Baldridge Hall, Montrose United Methodist Church
(at the corner of S. 1st Street and Park Avenue)
Mountaineer Site

This important site was first recorded in 1994 as a lithic scatter on the top of Tenderfoot mountain next to Gunnison. In 2000, Dr. Mark Stiger recorded it and discovered that it was considerably larger than previously thought, and also that it contained numerous Folsom projectile points. It has proved to be an extremely important site that has revolutionized our interpretation of Paleoindian adaptations in a number of ways. First, the site is located in the middle of the Colorado Rockies, at high elevation, whereas Paleoindian sites had traditionally been associated with the plains. Second, it proved to have been occupied in the winter, in a location that receives considerable snow. Third, there is evidence of structures, which had heretofore been completely unknown from Paleoindian sites. In this talk, Dr. Stiger will bring us up to date on the latest analyses and interpretations of the Mountaineer Site.

Mark Stiger

Dr. Stiger is an archaeologist and professor of Anthropology in the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department at Western State Colorado University. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Colorado, and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1986. He has worked in the western United States for more than thirty-five years, specializing in hunter-gatherer archaeology in the mountains and Southwest. Since coming to WSCU, he has concentrated his research efforts on the western Colorado mountains. Having recognized the importance of the Mountaineer Site to our understanding of Folsom lifeways, Stiger returned to the site repeatedly since 2000. He has also collaborated on excavations at the site with other archaeologists, such as David Meltzer (Southern Methodist University) and Laurie Weinstein (Western Connecticut State University).