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Niwot Historical Society lecture rooted in modified trees


April 14, 2021

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Niwot Historical Society is offering a videotaped lecture presented by archaeologist Marilyn Martorano on Culturally Modified Trees. This photo shows Martorano recording a peeled Ponderosa pine at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado.

The poignant Shel Silverstein book, The Giving Tree, speaks to the gradual, but ultimate sacrifice a tree makes for a little boy. This month's Niwot Historical Society's lecture topic of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) is close to that premise, but it displays more respect, and there's no unhappy ending.

Archaeologist Marilyn Martorano has been studying the phenomenon of CMTs since the mid-197...

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