During site monitoring for a drainage improvement project, Colorado Springs staff discovered artifacts in Garden of the Gods Park that date back more than a century. Archaeologists linked the items to Colorado Springs' founder, William Jackson Palmer, and his family's residence at the Glen Eyrie estate.
Per an August agreement with state and federal agencies, the city had to recover historic data on the archaeological site before continuing the drainage project in early 2019. Alpine Archaeological Consultants was expected to complete the contract fieldwork Nov. 20.
Among the artifacts recovered so far: fragments of ceramic plates, building material from Glen Eyrie and clothing remnants. While public tours of the site are no longer available, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is already planning a special exhibit of the artifacts for late next year.