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Archaeology

New Wyoming state archaeologist named

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming has a new state archaeologist.

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UM student, Marine works to protect antiquities from wartime looting

UM student, Marine works to protect antiquities from wartime looting

MISSOULA — In early 2003, Capt. Thomas Livoti joined the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a member of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. The platoon commander had earned a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from the University of Montana, though his knowledge of Mesopotamia was limited.

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Oil boom produces jobs bonanza for archaeologists

Oil boom produces jobs bonanza for archaeologists

TIOGA, N.D. — Drilling crews are eager to plunge their equipment into the ground. Road builders are ready to start highway projects, and construction workers need to dig.

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Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

At 139 square miles Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of fresh water above 7,000 feet in North America.

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No power boats

No power boats

Researchers paddle in to a remote Yellowstone Lake shoreline to conduct a search for artifacts.

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Dirt sifters

Dirt sifters

UM graduate students Stocky White, at left, and Matt Nelson excavate and screen an archaeological test unit at Yellowstone Lake.

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Tepee ring

Tepee ring

One excavation uncovered the edge of a tepee ring dated to about 800 years ago.

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Net sinker?

Net sinker?

This artifact found in Yellowstone is cataloged as a net sinker, one of the few artifacts that may be tied to fishing by ancient people.

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Artifact found

Artifact found

This is one of the many stone tools found by researchers as they have combed the shoreline of Yellowstone Lake over the past several years.

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Lakeside excavation

Lakeside excavation

To find archaeological sites along Yellowstone Lake, researchers canoe in to remote places, search the shoreline and dig test pits.

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Were early visitors to Yellowstone Lake fish eaters?

Were early visitors to Yellowstone Lake fish eaters?

Technology offers great tools for archaeologists, such as analyzing the residue in ancient ceramic containers to reveal what they contained, or testing proteins on stone artifacts to find what animals were butchered or killed with the tools.

April 19, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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UM group set for last summer studying Yellowstone Lake's prehistoric campsites

UM group set for last summer studying Yellowstone Lake's prehistoric campsites

MISSOULA — Proteins found on ancient stone tools recovered from the shores of Yellowstone Lake tell of great bear, deer and rabbit hunts. But researchers have found no signs of boat making – no bone hooks to indicate that paleo-Indians came to the water to fish.

May 05, 2013 10:48 pm Photos

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Housing development threatens Oregon Trail guard camp in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — The artifact-rich site of a U.S. Army post along a crucial river crossing used by Oregon Trail pioneers could become a housing addition by the end of this year.

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Top 10 less-crowded Mayan ruins and sites

Top 10 less-crowded Mayan ruins and sites

While there is little debate that the Mayans had an amazing knowledge of numbers and astronomy, many of us hope their calculations regarding December 2012 being the end of the world are a bit off. However, if there are only a few months left, we should pay our respects to the civilization th…

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Halloween

Halloween

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2,000-year-old bison bone site mired in controversy

2,000-year-old bison bone site mired in controversy

SARPY CREEK -- About the time Christ was born and Roman legions marched on much of the known world, hunters honed by millennia of experience trapped a snorting, terrified herd of bison in a narrow drainage near what is now Hardin.As they systematically killed and processed hundreds of animal…

October 24, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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New Bighorn Canyon interpretive trail features tepee rings

New Bighorn Canyon interpretive trail features tepee rings

On a path through Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area that native peoples have trod for 10,000 years, the National Park Service on Saturday will dedicate the park’s first cultural interpretive trail.

October 18, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Ancient fire pits delay Worland street project

WORLAND, Wyo. — An archaeological discovery temporarily halted a road construction job in Worland.

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Screening soil

Screening soil

University of Montana workers Kristin Hare and Emily Eide work in the shadow of the nearby Gallatin Mountains. The bluff above the Yellowstone River, just north of Gardiner, has long been and continues to be a popular camping spot.

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Site specifics

Site specifics

University of Montana archaeologist Lisa Smith excavates at the Little Trail Creek site on the Gallatin National Forest last year. The work yielded a wealth of artifacts, mostly from stone working.

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