Date(s) - April 8, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Everyday Joe's Coffeehouse
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Front Range Teen Science Cafe
DATE: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
LOCATION: Everyday Joe’s, 144 S. Mason Street, Fort Collins
This year marks Colorado State University’s sesquicentennial, or 150th, anniversary. As Colorado’s land grant institution for higher education, CSU’s campus has long been a central feature to the Fort Collins community. But during this important anniversary, we are well-positioned to reflect on the history of how the land for CSU’s campus was selected and ‘claimed’ amidst a regional struggle over gaining a land grant agricultural college. Recent archaeological research that was conducted in conjunction with an undergraduate class on archaeological geophysics at CSU provide fresh insights into this historical process. This class-based research project attempted to locate where CSU’s first building, known as the ‘claim’ or ‘claimer’s building’, was built and how it was later renovated, both of which are described in archival documents. In this presentation I will discuss the high-tech geophysical methods that modern archaeologists can apply in their research, and how these tools help us digitally dig. The results of our class-based project offer an example of how successful these methods can be at mapping buried architectural remains at archaeological sites.
The Teen Science Cafe will host Dr. Edward Henry, Department of Anthropology and Geography, and Director; Center for Research in Archaeogeophysics and Geoarchaeology, Colorado State University, to speak on this exciting topic!