Cowboys and Cave Dwellers: Basketmaker Archaeology in Utah’s Grand Gulch

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February 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Feb. 26 – Renowned Southwestern Archaeologist, Fred Blackburn, will be here talking about past and future projects, and his book, Cowboys and Cave Dwellers: Basketmaker Archaeology in Utah’s Grand Gulch.

Fred Blackburn is an independent guide, author, and contractor responsible for organizing the donation of Wetherill family collections to the Anasazi Heritage Center. He serves as a liaison between the Fred BlackburnAnasazi Heritage Center and the Wetherill family in a volunteer role. He has written extensively about the early archaeological era of the Four Corners. He co-authored with Dr. Ray Williamson Cowboys and Cave Dwellers, reviewing early archaeological explorations in the Grand Gulch and Mesa Verde region. His contribution to other texts include Handwriting on the Wall in Anasazi, Basketmaker – a synopses of journal and reverse archaeology in Utah’s Grand Gulch and historic inscriptions and the first recorded visits to Balcony House in “Balcony House, a History of a Cliff Dwelling Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado” by Kathleen Fiero.

Fred has recently completed a yet unpublished and extensive manuscript on the expeditionary of Mesa Verde Historical Inscriptions and the Expeditionary History of Balcony House, Cliff Palace, Hemenway House, Little Hemenway House, Honeymoon House and Spruce Tree House: A History of Discovery, Exploration, Photography, and Documentation. Using Historical inscriptions as a primary research reference. His knowledge and collaboration with Wetherill Family members, and the terrain and archaeology of the Four Corners serves him well in the organization of special field programs designed by request. Fred holds a BS degree and Secondary Science education certificate from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.