Site Overview

Site Number


History of the Site Name

The Shepherd site was named after the current land owner, Hal Shepherd, who bought the property from Indian Camp Ranch developer Archie Hanson.

Other Names

Name Comment
ICR-092 Indian Camp Ranch Archaeological Survey

Site Type

Activity Area

Site Boundary Description

Extent of artifact concentration and architectural debris.

Site Size

.6 acres

Site Composition and Layout

The surface signature of the site includes several acres of Basketmaker III era midden mixed with sporadic pockets of burned rock and adobe and a Pueblo II rubble mound with an associated artifact scatter at the northwest end of the site. Remote sensing a

Cultural Affiliation and Date Range of Occupation

Mesa Verde ancestral Pueblo; Pueblo II period. Occupied between A.D. 1045 and 1095.

General Location

Approximately 4.5 miles west of Cortez, Colorado, south of County Road K.

Ownership, Stewardship

Private Property, Indian Camp Ranch Lot 18, Hal Shepherd}

Years of Crow Canyon Excavation

2013, 2014, 2015

Percent Excavated by Crow Canyon

State of Colorado Archaeological Permits were obtained for each field season (2013, 2014, 2015) to conduct archaeological research

Permits Comment
2013-47 State of Colorado Excavation Permit
2013-48 State of Colorado Survey and Testing Permit
2014-77 State of Colorado Excavation Permit
2015-2 State of Colorado Excavation Permit