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Placing the Museum on the Map
By the 1920s, fieldwork had become a regular part of the Museum’s activities, and in 1926, director Jesse D. Figgins sent a crew to New Mexico to excavate animal fossils from the last Ice Age. What they found near the town of Folsom revolutionized North American archaeology.

Among the bones of a bison known to be extinct for 10,000 years, they discovered a distinctive, fluted projectile point. At the time, archaeologists believed that humans had lived in North America for about 4,000 years. The Museum’s discovery of the Folsom point proved that humans had lived in North America since about the end of the last Ice Age, thousands of years earlier than previously believed. The Folsom point remains the most important discovery ever made by Museum staff, and just last year, Scientific American Discovering Archaeology magazine named the Folsom point one of the ten most important archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century.

Introduction—100 Years Young
Chapter 1—A Museum is Born
Chapter 3—A Director Leaves a Lasting Impression
Chapter 4—Huge Boost to Anthropology Collections
Chapter 5—IMAX Comes to Denver
Chapter 6—New Programs Thanks to New Funds
Chapter 7—Launching the Space Science Initiative

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