Nestled in the foothills along Apex Gulch in Golden, CO, Magic Mountain is one of the most important archaeological sites on Colorado’s Front Range. The earliest artifacts found thus far date back to 7,000 years ago, when the site would have served as camping grounds for mobile hunter gatherer groups passing through the region.  Later remains, such as ceramics and stone structures, indicate that through time it became a semi-permanent residence that was inhabited until at least 1000 years ago.

For the second year in a row the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) and Paleocultural Research Group (PCRG) are partnering for a community-based public archaeology project at Magic Mountain in Golden, CO and we need your help! We will be in the field for two sessions: June 18-27 and July 5-15. We are seeking volunteers in three areas:

Tour Guides
Volunteers will lead community (public) tours. The tours will orient visitors to the archaeology of region and the site. An appreciation of archaeology is desired, but no previous experience is necessary.

Volunteers will assist with excavation at the site by digging, screening, and completing detailed field forms. Some prior archaeological experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Education Excavators
If you have a background in archaeology and a passion for teaching archaeology to the public this might be the perfect opportunity for you. Volunteers will support the public units and will educate tour groups on excavation techniques and assist as they try their hand at fieldwork. No previous knowledge about the site is required however, previous excavation experience is required. Education and/or experience in archaeology is strongly preferred. 

*Please note that you are more than welcome to apply for multiple positions, if you have a preference or wish to clarify please e-mail Moe Shuley at

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