Early high-country people focus of upcoming talk

2014-03-21T12:50:00Z 2014-03-24T10:26:11Z Early high-country people focus of upcoming talk The Billings Gazette
March 21, 2014 12:50 pm

Current archaeological research is revealing insights into early peoples' use of Wyoming's Absaroka Mountains, but the work is being threatened by fire, looting and vandalism.

Archaeologist Larry Todd will discuss his work and the threats during the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo. The free lecture takes place April 3 at 12:15 p.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium.

Todd’s program focuses on how wildland fires can consume and alter the archaeological record, the fallacy that the area was an unpopulated wilderness before European contact, and recreational looting and vandalism of sites.

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Todd has participated in archaeological research projects that sought to refine understanding of human-landscape interactions. In addition to his work in the North American Great Plains, the Meeteetse, Wyo., native has worked in France, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ukraine and Turkey. He currently teaches at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.

Since 2001, Todd has split fieldwork between winters in Ethiopia investigating the archaeology of early humans, and summers studying human use of high elevation wilderness environments in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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