Prehistoric Use of Florida Mesa Near Durango, Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation is redesigning the hazardous interchange between U.S. Highways 550 and 160 to the south of Durango, Colorado. Cultural consultation and mitigation for the project included a robust program of Native American participation and archaeological data recovery at four major prehistoric sites, including three Pueblo I habitations and a Pueblo II camp.  Together, these sites contain at least 11 semi-subterranean structures with associated surface features and artifacts.  This presentation will provide information about the project, discuss preliminary results, and provide a regional context through which to interpret the results.