The Crown of the Continent has been important to humans for at least 10,000 years. With no written records of their experiences, the earliest people have left us their stories via the tools and objects they used, the structures they built, and the landscapes they altered. Later visitors abandoned log cabins and machine age items. Left undisturbed in their original locations, these remains can help us form a better picture of the lives of those who inhabited this land before our time.
Protected areas such as national parks provide us with unique opportunities to study artifacts and learn from them as most locations have been only minimally altered by human activities. Archeologists obtain information on past human activities by using non-destructive tools such as ground penetrating radar, metal detectors, and GPS technology. In this way, artifacts can be studied in the context in which they were used, giving us a more comprehensive understanding of how earlier inhabitants used the land.