Back in September 2016, DCI staff writer Tamie Meck reported on a significant archeological site that was being excavated in cliffs above the north shore of the Gunnison River. (See Sept. 6, 2016, issue of the DCI.) The site, known as Eagle Rock Shelter, had been known to scientists for years but it wasn't explored in detail because it was considered heavily vandalized.
Thousands of years ago, some of the earliest humans known to inhabit North America found shelter on a ledge by what is now known as the Gunnison River. The southeastern exposure of the rock overhang offered not only shelter from rain, snow and wind, but cool shade in summer, warm sunshine in winter, and unlimited plant food, fish and game.
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