Ancient Douglas County: Telling the Story of a Special Place and its People

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Speaker: Dr. Gordon C. Tucker Jr

The “story” of the area now known as Douglas County, from the time that Native Americans arrived more than 12,000 years ago until it was settled by non-indigenous people. Woven into this story is a description of the archaeological work that Dr. Tucker and others have conducted in the area now under the waters of Reuter-Hess Reservoir, impounded by Frank Jaeger Dam southwest of Parker, Colorado.

The Douglas County History Repository will be exhibiting artifacts collected from Douglas County sites during Dr. Tucker’s presentation.


Dr. Tucker’s program was well done and easy to understand because he explained both his work and findings in Douglas County in lay terms. His approach to archaeology by using the process and science to tell a story really captured the audience and led to a good understanding of what was happening culturally in Douglas County some 10,000 years ago.

In 2020, Dr. Tucker will be providing a program focusing entirely on Highlands Ranch. Both programs will have PowerPoints and a display of artifacts.

About Dr. Gordon C. Tucker, Jr.:

Dr. Gordon C. Tucker, Jr. is a professional archaeologist. He received his doctorate in anthropology (archaeology emphasis) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As the Cultural Resource Team’s Lead and Senior Archaeologist with AECOM in Greenwood Village, Colorado, he has worked all over the state of Colorado, throughout the western U.S., and abroad (Japan and Israel).

Since 2000, he has worked on several projects in Douglas County, including Reuter Hess Reservoir. Dr. Tucker is recognized as one of the foremost archaeologists in our area.

Event Date
Monday, April 15, 2019
Event time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost / donation
Free for HRHS members/ $2.00 for guests


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