Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
|Crow Canyon Archaeological Center|
|Location of the archaeological center (point 1 near the Rio Grande) within Anasazi territory (green area) in Colorado|
|Cortez, Colorado, United States|
|Founder||Dr. Edward Berger|
|Archaeology teaching and research center|
Crow Canyon is a center for archaeological research, education, and preservation of the rich history of the ancient Pueblo Indians called the Anasazi, who lived on the mesa tops and in the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde more than seven centuries ago. Established by private cultural initiatives that continue the work of American benefactors, the center provides hands-on programs for people to experience archaeological excavation of Native American sites.
The vision for Crow Canyon began with Dr. Edward Berger, a history teacher from Denver who brought his students to Colorado for outdoor trips. Berger and his wife Joanne purchased 70 acres of pine and juniper forest just outside the town of Cortez, establishing the Crow Canyon School as an outdoor education center in 1974. Berger developed the first training programs where students helped excavate under the supervision of archaeologists.
The Crow Canyon School was purchased in 1983 by the Center for American Archaeology. New housing was built and professional archaeologists were hired. The Center began conducting an archaeological research program under the direction of Dr. Stuart Struever, who was then an anthropology professor at Northwestern University in Illinois.
In 1985, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center became independent of the Center for American Archaeology with funding from Denver oil tycoon Ray Duncan. As a not-for-profit organization, the Center has been focused on public education and outreach.
Since its foundation, the mission of Crow Canyon has been to preserve and protect the rich heritage of the ancient Pueblo Indians (or Anasazi) of the American Southwest. Archaeological research has been conducted in the Mesa Verde region with the goal of teaching archaeology through hands-on experience. Students and teachers alike are invited to participate in research in the archeological camp.
- Crow Canyon offers
- Educational programs for middle school and high school students, families, and adults (day- and week-long)
- Educational resources for teachers, students, and tutors
- Traveling tours to archaeological sites in the American Southwest and abroad
Key initiatives include education, research, and cultural programs. President and CEO Deborah Gangloff defines Crow Canyon's programs as an opportunity: " to not only learn archaeology and do archaeology...but also to have some fun ".
Crow Canyon's education department conducts programs for students of all ages. Teaching is focused on the ancient cultures of the Southwest and employs modern educational methods and theories. The programs are developed in collaboration with American Indians and are based on:
The programs engage the audience who can gain an understanding of the Indian people, culture, American history, archaeological research, the relationship between man and environment, and conservation of cultural resources. The ancient customs of the Pueblo people come alive for students as they enjoy a full-immersion experience.
Initiatives for public outreach allow students and teachers to extend their research to the national level through travel programs.
- Cultural experiences are based on
- Excavations and laboratory findings by looking at the ca. 2000 year-old excavations
- Summer camps with hands-on activities, discussions and guided tours for field schools, middle schools, and high schools
- School groups, with simulated excavations and 2-, 3- or 4-day programs
- 1-day tour, with trips to the attractions.
There are several excavation sites at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. They may be used as part of the Center's programs for further excavation and study.
|Albert Porter Pueblo (also called Hedrick Ruin)||Yellow Jacket, Montezuma, Colorado||Great house||Northern San Juan Pueblo ruins from AD 1000 to 1300. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 (#99000266).|
|Castle Rock pueblo||Great house||Ruins in southwestern Colorado. Includes the remains of at least 16 kivas, 40 surface rooms, nine possible towers, and a D-shaped enclosure.|
|Shields pueblo||Ruins in southwestern Colorado.|
|Woods Canyon Pueblo||Yellow Jacket, Montezuma, Colorado||Great house||Northern San Juan pueblo ruins from AD 1000 to 1300 consisting of as many as 200 rooms, 50 kivas, and 16 towers, and possibly a plaza. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 (#99000652).|
|Yellow Jacket pueblo||Yellow Jacket, Montezuma, Colorado||Great house||Mesa Verde culture ruins from AD 1000 to 1300. Covering 100 acres, the pueblo contains at least 195 kivas (including a probable great kiva), 19 towers, a possible Chaco-era great house, and as many as 1,200 surface rooms. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 (#85002701). Site ID 5MT5.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mesa Verde National Park.|
Other neighboring Ancient Pueblo sites in Colorado:
- Anasazi Heritage Center
- Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
- Hovenweep National Monument
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Ute Mountain Tribal Park in Mesa Verde
- Yucca House National Monument administered by the Mesa Verde National Park
Other cultures in the Four Corners region:
- License not-for-profit N°. 46-438 State of Colorado , USA
- podcast interview with Dr. Deborah Gangloff, 2010
- Local attractions include Mesa Verde National Park , the Anasazi Heritage Center , Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and Aztec Ruins National Monument
- National Register of Historic Places in Montezuma, Colorado American Dreams. Retrieved 10-6-2011.
- Crow Canyon Archeological Center's - Official Site - consulted on 1 October 2010
- Articles which relate to Crow Canyon - consulted on 11th of January 2010.