Professional Archaeologist Profile: Jason LaBelle

Associate Professor, Colorado State University



Dr. Jason LaBelle, an associate professor at Colorado State University (CSU) was a CSU undergraduate archaeology student in the early 1990s. In 2005 after he had completed his archaeology graduate studies and one year after Fort Collins had acquired the Lindenmeier site, he became a professor at CSU. His specialty is Ice Age archaeology, and Fort Collins asked him to help design and lead a research, management, and public education program focused on the Lindenmeier site and the 40,000 acres incorporated in the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space.

In 2006 Dr. LaBelle’s team started large-scale archaeological surveys of the two properties, recording over 300 cultural sites. Based on their findings, they developed hypotheses aimed at fully exploring the nature of the Lindenmeier bison kill and campsite, especially those underexplored resources on the far eastern side of the site.

This fieldwork is scheduled for the summer of 2021.