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Archaeologist preserving history at Fort Carson

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Fort Carson is a large part of our southern Colorado community. The perception of activity on post by many is often associated with blowing things up. They do practice battlefield skills. What many do not realize is the emphasis on environmental and historical preservation across the thousands of acres of Fort Carson. A full time archaeologist is employed by Fort Carson

If any activity on post turns up something that appears old Fort Carson’s, Cultural Resources Manager, Jennifer Kolise gets notified. She said, "There are times when during training activity we'll get a phone call saying we think we found something."  It is a call to action and investigation for her office. "All activity must stop in that area until we've determined if it is a cultural resource and then if it is significant for the National Register of Historic."

Structures, locations, and artifacts, there thousands of things now archived. Kolise says discoveries keep happening. She had her own exciting moment. "I was coming down from the top of the ridge and I place my hand on this rock and I looked down and I realized I had discovered a rock art panel that no-one had identified yet."

Some items are put into a storage facility. Many others are left I place with measures. Physical markers signal areas for soldiers to stay clear. There are also high-tech digital warnings. "On maps that can work in their blue force tracker systems in the tactical vehicles," said Kolise.

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