September 24, 2016
The Bunker Archaeology Site Exploration
The Bunker Site was discovered by ranchers Bob and Judy Bunker when the land was the Baca Ranch. The site is a large multi-component camp with evidence from the Late Archaic, Jicarilla Apache, likely Old Spanish Trail use, the Gunnison Expedition and early mining. The projectile points (arrowheads) suggest a wide range of dates that include 3000-1900 Before Present (BP), 1900-900 BP and between AD 1300 and the Historic Period. The wide range of dates suggests a continuous occupation and use of the site during the last 3000 years, thus supporting the idea that the travel corridor was pioneered by Native American tribes well before the Spanish entrada. Then as now, a good spot is a good spot. This is an important research zone in the Baca Mountain Tract Special Interest Area within the Rio Grande NF and is managed and protected for its cultural values.
Trip leader: Angie Krall, USFS Archaeologist
The trip will be led by Angie Krall who is currently the Heritage Program Manager for the Rio Grande National Forest. Originally from Pueblo, CO, she obtained a B.A. degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Southwest Studies from the Colorado College in 1992 and a M.A. degree in Applied Archaeology from Northern Arizona University in 2000. Most of her 20 year archaeological career has been spent working as a Forest Service archaeologist and wild land firefighter on the Medicine Bow-Routt, Arapaho-Roosevelt, Shoshone, Bighorn, Tahoe, Ashley and the Santa Fe National Forests. For six years, she ran the Ute Conservation Corps and the Tribal Conservation Corps, both non-profit job training and conservation programs for indigenous youth from the Northern Ute, Arapaho and Shoshone Tribes. She has also worked as a consultant for Anthropological Research, LLC in New Mexico and Arizona conducting traditional cultural properties investigations with the Hopi, Acoma, Laguna, Yavapai and Western Apache Tribes. She currently serves as adjunct faculty with the Alpine Campus of the Colorado Mountain College for various Outdoor Education classes including Southwest Field Exploration focused in southeastern Utah. She also is currently the chair of the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust.
This trip is free of charge but is only open to 2016 dues paid members of CFI. Either go to the Membership Sign Up Menu at the top of this page or to the link at the bottom of page to become a CFI member for 2016.
Due to the sensitive nature of this archaeological site, we are holding registration to about a dozen people. Sign up soon!
Preregistration is required to attend the trip. Please follow the registration link below to sign up for this trip (assuming you are a 2016 CFI member).
This will be a half day field trip. When you register, you will be given details on where to meet for the field trip.
We hope you can join us.
Bunker Site Trip Registration Link
(Free preregistration required)
CFI 2016 membership registration link
(you must be a 2016 CFI member to go on this trip)