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Abs2003 Rockshelters, Rockart and Grinding
Activity: A Preliminary Assessment of Relationships in Picket
Ralph J. Hartley and Anne M. Wolley Vawser
and caves used by prehistoric people have fascinated archeologists
and the general public for many years. Such sheltered locations
often contain a wide range of perishable material remains
and as well as intact geological and cultural deposits that make
them particularly significant loci for archeological investigation.
Frequently rockshelters, caves, and alcoves served as important
locations within past land-use systems. It is the topographic
situation, distribution, and domestic activity in proximity
to rockshelters along the Purgatoire River in southeast Colorado
that is the focus of this paper.