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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
23390 Road K
Cortez , Colorado 81321
United States

Company Description: Crow Canyon has been conducting nationally recognized archaeological research and public education programs since 1983. Nearly 3,000 fourth-through 12th-grade...   more

Employment History


  • M.A.
    Northern Arizona University
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Research Staff, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 17 July 2014 [cached]
Grant Coffey
Supervisory Archaeologist
Grant Coffey, ..., 4 Jan 2009 [cached]
Grant Coffey, archaeologist
Grant Coffey Supervisory Archaeologist, Director of Goodman Point Archaeological Project Phase II
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
News From the Field: July 31, 2008, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 31 July 2008 [cached]
Photo by Grant Coffey.
Grant Coffey, Supervisory Archaeologist, Director of Goodman Point Archaeological Project Phase II
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Goodman Point Video Documentation Project, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Grant Coffey
Supervisory archaeologist, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; director of the Goodman Point Archaeological Project, Phase II
It didn't look like much, but ..., 22 April 2008 [cached]
It didn't look like much, but according to Grant Coffey, an archaeologist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, a dinner table-sized patch of dirt clumps off to the side of a trail in Hovenweep National Monument was an ancient midden pile.
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"We're actually on a midden right here," Coffey said, gesturing toward the pile.
Wednesday, as Coffey walked around the area to be excavated, his fellow researchers were using a piece of hardware called a total station to log detailed geographical data.
The total station is a system that uses a laser to precisely place a location, thus exactly locating the places the group will excavate this summer.
Coffey and his fellow archaeologists at Crow Canyon are embarking on the second phase of a six-year research project this year.They recently finished the first three years of an excavation at Goodman Point Pueblo, and are now moving to examine peripheral sites in the areas that predate the village.
The goal of the second part of this research is to understand why a group of people who lived in smaller, scattered sites might have coalesced into a large village centered on a natural spring, Coffey said.
"How many people were here?What was the strain on the resource?"he asked rhetorically.
Those are just some of the questions the archaeologists hope to answer over the next three years.
In Coffey's terms, the researchers are trying to understand "how a dispersed community eventually formed into a large aggregated community."
From around 1000 to 1200, people in the area lived in the smaller, scattered dwellings, Coffey said.The work Coffey and his partners have already done at Goodman Point Pueblo points to the structures in that Pueblo being built in the late 1250s, he said.
"It seems like there was really a number of factors," Coffey said, speaking of the reasons that earlier people changed their lifestyle and social structures.
As the Crow Canyon archaeologists turn their focus to the areas that were settled earlier, they hope that among the bones, sherds and pollen samples they find that they will be able to piece together a picture of why these people changed their lifestyles.
Coffey and his archaeological partners are excited to work in the Goodman Point area because it is a relatively pristine setting, he said.The region was set aside from homesteading in 1889, so it has not had the agricultural and human impacts that many other areas have experienced.
Over the course of the summer, the Crow Canyon researchers could have as many as 1,400 participants help them excavate the new site, Coffey said.These helpers will range from middle school students to paying adult vacationers who fly into this area just for the opportunity to do some archaeological work.
The center practices low-impact archaeology, which involves excavating small, randomly-selected sections of the site instead of performing a full scale excavation.
"We try and dig the smallest amount that we can to answer the questions that we have," Coffey said.
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