Ask Tom Rust what he likes about archaeology, and his thoughts naturally turn to the cinema.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming has a new state archaeologist.
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.
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.
At 139 square miles Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of fresh water above 7,000 feet in North America.
Researchers paddle in to a remote Yellowstone Lake shoreline to conduct a search for artifacts.
UM graduate students Stocky White, at left, and Matt Nelson excavate and screen an archaeological test unit at Yellowstone Lake.
One excavation uncovered the edge of a tepee ring dated to about 800 years ago.
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.
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.
To find archaeological sites along Yellowstone Lake, researchers canoe in to remote places, search the shoreline and dig test pits.
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.
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.
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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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.
WORLAND, Wyo. — An archaeological discovery temporarily halted a road construction job in Worland.
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.