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Is Colorado home to an ancient astronomical observatory? The question is testing archaeological limits.

On the winter solstice in 1997, Greg Munson stood beside an unusual basin pecked into the stone along the exit trail to Cliff Palace, grandest of the cliff dwellings in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park.  As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, Munson, a former Mesa Verde park ranger and […]

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Great American Outdoors Act heads to Trump as Cory Gardner leans on measure in reelection bid

Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump a major, bipartisan public lands bill that has become a pillar of Republican Cory Gardner’s reelection campaign in Colorado, finalizing the swift passage of a measure seen as an election-year gift to the U.S. senator.  The U.S. House approved the Great American Outdoors Act, which would achieve the […]

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More than a century ago, a European visitor took more than 600 Native American remains and artifacts from Colorado’s Mesa Verde

When Swedish researcher Gustaf Nordenskiöld arrived at Mesa Verde in 1890 and surveyed the ancient cliff dwellings, he seemed to have the best of intentions.  But his subsequent efforts to meticulously — and urgently — unearth and catalog the human remains and artifacts of the tribes who once inhabited the area unfolded in a period […]