The Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology is a research facility that conducts archaeological exploration and stewardship along the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.
Our research views human-environmental interaction over deep time and across multiple spatial scales:
Emphasis on Native American history, beginning with the initial peopling of the Americas (13,000 years ago) and continuing through the contact era of the 1870’s.
Studying people who were foragers and at times, small scale farmers.
Evaluating models of seasonal mobility through the varied ecosystems of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
Subsistence technologies studied via groundstone, hearth technology, ceramic wares, communal hunting, and zooarchaeology.
Field work including archaeological surveys, subsurface testing, and block excavations.
Lab research on extant archaeological collections housed in regional museums.
Accomplished with graduate and undergraduate students, volunteers, and professional partners.
The Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology is committed to Outreach and Education:
Making our research open and accessible tot he public through publications, talks, and events.
Lead tours of local archaeological sites.
Assist in the design of public interpretation displays at regional sites and museums.
Work with a range of partners, including the National Park Service, US Forest Service, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and private landowners.
CMPA research is supported by donations, grants, contracts, and the Jim and Audrey Benedict Fund for Mountain Archaeology.
If you are interested in a tour or more information, please contact Dr. Jason LaBelle:
Phone: (970) 491-7360
Office: Clark B222
Mail: Department of Anthropology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO