In case you haven’t heard the news, the Confluence Fort Collins project will begin demolition of the existing structure at the corner of Willow and Linden Streets in preparation for construction! As we begin to excavate and construct the mixed-use commercial and residential complex in the heart of the River District in Fort Collins, Colorado, we’ve partnered with Centennial Archaeology to perform archaeological monitoring of the site.
Centennial Archaeology is a professional firm of archaeological and historical consultants specializing in cultural resource management for private and government clients, both domestically and internationally, with years of experience. The Confluence site is situated at the corner of Willow and Linden Streets in Fort Collins, and the area is considered historically significant. This area is the location of the Parade Grounds associated with the Old Fort Site (Camp Collins), which was in operation between 1864 and 1867. This camp was an outpost of the United States Army in the Territory of Colorado and was primarily used to protect the area and settlers from the attacks by Native Americans.
In order to preserve and protect this archaeologically sensitive area that may contain remains and artifacts associated with the Old Fort Site as well as the development of Fort Collins during the late 19th century through the 20th century, Confluence Fort Collins has enlisted the help of Centennial Archaeology to monitor the site as we build.
Archaeological monitoring of the area will mitigate damages to historical remains and to ensure that any archaeological data is salvaged and gathered prior to construction. A Centennial archaeologist with experience in construction monitoring will be on site during the construction to:
- Observe Work: The archaeologist on site will observe all work and ground disruptions to watch for any discoveries, including artifacts, structures, or remains. If any discovery is made, work will be halted in order to properly excavate and preserve such findings.
- Document Findings: If anything is found, the archaeologist will document findings, including their contents, location, condition, and so forth.
- Collect and Analyze Artifacts: All artifacts will be properly collected, saved, and analyzed to preserve the history and add to our understanding of the activities that once took place on the grounds.
- Report Findings: Finally, the archaeologist will make all findings public to allow others to understand the findings.
The River District in Fort Collins, Colorado has always been a wonderful place to live, right on the banks of the Cache la Poudre River. We’re committed to maintaining the history and preserving the past as we build the new generation of homes. We’re proud to work with Centennial Archaeology to do so and we’re excited to see what they find.
Ready to live in the heart of Fort Collins? Contact us! Pre-Sales are happening now for both residential and commercial space! Demolition is set to begin in July 2018 and space is limited. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to live and work in Fort Collins’ most desired location!