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An Integrated Geophysical Study Of The Yarmony Archeological Site, ColoradoNormal access

Authors: C. Skokan, C. Edwards, J. Holt and A. Vaughan
Event name: 9th EEGS Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems
Session: Poster Presentations
Publication date: 28 April 1996
Organisations: EEGS
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 617.86Kb )

In a joint project between the Colorado School of Mines
Department of Geophysics and Colorado State University Department
of Archeology, and sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, an
integrated survey of the Yarmony 5EA759 site was undertaken. The
Yarmony archaeological site was discovered in April, 1987, during
a routine examination for a proposed road improvement and during
that month excavations began. A pit house was discovered which
dated to 6300 years before present. This pit house is the oldest
known dwelling, to date, located in Colorado. Human remains
approximately the same age as the pit house were also found at
Yarmony (Metcalf and Black, 1991). These discoveries have led to
the need to determine the nature and extent of subsurface
cultural deposits at the site in a quick, cost effective,
reliable, and non-intrusive manner. Geophysics is an effective
and proven method for finding the locations of archaeological
features in many areas (Vaughan, 1985) and was therefore applied
at the Yarmony Site.

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