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2005 Rockshelters, Rock Art and Grinding Activity
in the Picket Wire Canyonlands. Paper presented at the
70th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, Salt
Lake City, Utah March 30-April 3, 2005
Ralph J. Hartley and Anne M. Wolley Vawser
Rockshelters and caves used by prehistoric people have fascinated
archaeologists and the general public for many years. Such sheltered
locations often contain a wide range of perishable remains as
well as intact geological and cultural deposits that make them
particularly significant loci for archeological investigation.
Rockshelters, caves, and alcoves are often assumed to have 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.