University of Northern Colorado Emeritus Professor Bob Brunswig recently received a fellowship from a university in Poland.
As part of the European Union supported fellowship, Brunswig will travel to Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, in May as a visiting professor.
Brunswig has begun development of an international collaborative research program with faculty from universities in Poland and Slovakia focused on archaeology and climate history in the Rocky Mountains and Western Carpathian Mountains.
In addition to advancing that collaborative program in Torun, Brunswig received a five-year Fulbright Specialist appointment in 2011 and is planning a winter 2014 stay at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Brunswig has directed UNC archaeological and ancient climates research projects in Colorado's Rocky Mountains with colleagues from UNC and other universities for more than two decades.
Since 2003, Brunswig has been involved with the Bureau of Land Management and excavations in North Park near Walden that revealed the earliest prehistoric Ute Indian site in the Rocky Mountain region. The digs have yielded well-preserved Ute Indian artifacts ranging from 500-1,000 years old (artifacts as old as 10,000 years from previous occupations have been recovered) and provided clues about their culture and rituals. Since 1998, he has identified 1,100 sacred and cultural sites — more than 500 of them prehistoric — across some 38,000 acres in Rocky Mountain National Park.