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Apr 15, 2012 1:35 PM by Matt Stafford

Denver archaeological dig a tourist attraction?

DENVER (AP) - State officials are considering a proposal to turn a Denver-metro area archaeological dig into a tourist attraction.

The Denver Post reports the Colorado Economic Development Division this month will examine the proposal to turn the Lamb Springs Archaeological Preserve south of Chatfield State Park into the "Colorado Sports and Prehistoric Park." The Regional Tourist Project is competing for funding with other proposals in Estes Park, Pueblo and Glendale.

The Colorado site discovered in 1960 by rancher Charles Lamb has yielded bones from mammoth, camels, horses, sloths, llamas and wolves. It also provides tantalizing clues to possible human activity in North America earlier than previously thought.

The proposal is modeled after Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, S.D., where some 100,000 visitors a year watch scientists work on a mammoth dig.

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