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Sifting Through Soapstone

Thu, Aug 1, 2013

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Replica of a bison vertebrae pierced by a prehistoric spear point, from Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.

Replica of a bison vertebrae pierced by a prehistoric spear point, from Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.

Soapstone Prairie holds archaeological clues to the living, eating and travel habits of people since the last Ice Age. And researchers are still unearthing new artifacts and forging theories at the 19,000-acre high-plains natural area outside Fort Collins.

My Spring 2013 story for Fort Collins Magazine, “Sifting Through Soapstone,” covers my travels on the prairie with Colorado State University archaeologist Jason LaBelle, and what Soapstone’s prehistoric treasure trove tells us about how early human settlers migrated across and lived on the North American landscape.   (This link goes to a digital “flip book” of the magazine. Readers can magnify the page by clicking on the text, and turn pages by clicking on the corners.)

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