Ute Mountain Ute Tribe studies historic villages on reservation

A view of rock formations on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in Colorado. Photo by Kim F

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is hoping to encourage more of its people to join the anthropology and archaeology field.

The reservation in Colorado is home to a number of significant sites that are being studied by the tribe in partnership with the University of Colorado Department of Anthropology, PaleoWest Archaeology, and Crow Canyon Archaeology Center, The Cortez Journal reported.

One of those sites, known as Cowboy Wash Pueblo, is in danger of falling into a ditch, the paper reported. Although efforts are underway to prevent that from happening, PaleoWest will be creating digital images of the ancestral village to preserve them for future generations, the paper said.

“The tribe is very interested in the field school to get tribal members interested in archaeology," archaeologist James Potter of PaleoWest told the paper.

In addition to Cowboy Wash, the tribe is studying a site known as Moki Springs Pueblo. The villages date to a period of repeated settlement, upheaval and climate change from around 1100 A.D to around 1300 A.D.

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