A Place Called History
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center keeps Pueblo history alive in southwestern Colorado
Just outside Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the small city of Cortez, Colorado, stands the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. It is a campus, a super school if you will, focusing on the history of the region and cultivating a true respect and connection with the past—for all its visitors. Crow Canyon conducts long-term archaeological research in the Mesa Verde region, runs a wide variety of educational programs—like summer camps, residential school programs, and field trips. They work directly with American Indian partners to ensure that these places are carefully studied, interpreted, and respected. Crow Canyon’s archaeologists and educators know that only about 2 percent of human history has taken place since the invention of writing. They believe that everyone’s history matters and that archaeology is the key to learning about the other 98 percent. It is one part laboratory, one part archaeological dig site, one part school, and one part sanctuary, working to preserve Pueblo culture—past, present, and future.