In researching for something else, I stumbled upon a reference to Eagle Rock Shelter Archeological Site. Digging deeper, I learned this site, only about 35 miles from home, is where some of the oldest human artifacts in the country have been found. Evidence proves that humans used this area as far back as 12,800 years. I had to make a visit to such a special place.
Getting to this site isn't difficult at all. A couple miles on a dirt road, rocky in places but pretty tame overall, led to a gravel parking area and an unsigned trailhead. The trail is good, dropping about 200 feet into the gorge over 1/3 mile. It was one of our hottest days, 95F, so I knew the return would be a little tougher than the trip down. Before reaching the floor of the gorge, the trail rounded a rock outcropping and I saw the remnants of the excavation.
Among the oldest artifacts are seeds and small animal bones, indicating the people were not big game hunters.