September 3, 2014

We have almost completed our Summer 2014 field season. We will have one last long weekend effort this month. We completed a large chunk of survey on the Snake River this summer, finding some very interesting lithic production sites in this remote section of Yellowstone. We also started a new project surveying all of the powerline corridors in the park. A couple of the powerline sections are near Obsidian Cliff, so we encountered literally millions of lithic artifacts in those areas. DSCN5864

MYAP Summer 2014

The MYAP crew is set to begin its 8th year in Yellowstone. The focus is on finishing archaeological survey of the Snake and Lewis Wild and Scenic Rivers, with a second goal of initiating survey of 80 miles of powerline corridors in the park. Snow and Ice on Lewis Lake may delay the start of that survey for a few days. Check out this cool video on paddling the Lewis Channel between Lewis Lake and Shoshone Lake:

MYAP Public Lectures this Spring

Montana Before History, by Doug MacDonald

Thursday, March 6, 7:00 PM, Lolo Community Center

Archaeology of the Snake and Lewis Wild and Scenic Rivers by Doug MacDonald

Monday, April 7, 7 PM, University of Montana University Center (332)

Mysteries of Yellowstone Lake Prehistory, by Doug MacDonald and Elaine Hale

Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM, Livingston Public Library

Mysteries of Yellowstone Prehistory by Doug MacDonald

Buffalo Bill Center for the West, Cody, Wyoming, Friday, April 18, Time TBA

Prehistory of Yellowstone National Park by Doug MacDonald

Washakie Museum, Worland, Wyoming, Saturday, April 19, 2 PM

Stone Circle Excavation, Yellowstone Lake

University of Montana excavations of stone circle, South Shore, Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming

UM Archaeology Crew arriving at Plover Point

In 2012, UM and Yellowstone National Park conducted archaeological testing at several sites at Yellowstone Lake. We camped at Plover Point and are shown arriving at that location in this video

Yellowstone Archaeology Camp

University of Montana Camp, Yellowstone Lake, Southeast Arm

Another Yellowstone Archaeology Thesis!

I posted a list of Yellowstone theses below and forgot about this one by Nate Scherr. He published

Archaeology Database Management: A Case Study in the Solution of Incompatibility Issues between Different Archaeological Databases in 2012. This thesis provides a means to link Microsoft Access archaeological databases with the National Park Service ANCS+ database system. We miss you Nate!!
yellowstone pebble creek dec 2013

January 2014

MYAP is preparing for its 8th summer in Yellowstone National Park. The project is a collaborative effort of the Yellowstone Center for Resources (Tobin Roop, Staffan Peterson, and Elaine Hale) and the University of Montana (Doug MacDonald). Our current project is the identification and documentation of archaeological sites in the Snake and Lewis River Valleys. The project is funded by the Yellowstone Park Foundation and Yellowstone National Park. We identified 37 sites in 2013, dating back 11,000 years. We will have a complete report of our 2009-2013 South Shore of Yellowstone Lake Archaeology completed this spring, 2014. We currently have four graduate students working on theses associated with the Yellowstone archaeology, including Matt Nelson, Mike Ciani, Justin Pfau, and Kristin Hare.

winter 2013


The following Yellowstone archaeology theses were all completed by University of Montana Graduate Students towards completion of their M.A. degrees.




Adams, Jacob Strong Crescent   Hill Chert: A Geological and Cultural Study of a Raw Material Procurement   Area in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Anthropology
Dick, David Scott Cinnabar:   Archaeology and History of Yellowstone’s Lost Train Town Anthropology
Livers, Michael Airport   Rings: Stone Circle Archaeology In Yellowstone National Park Anthropology
Werle, Matthew Clyde The   2010 Class III Archaeological Investigations of the Sheepeater Cliff Site   (48YE29), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Anthropology

MYAP Spring 2011 Rejoice!

We have a lot going on in the MYAP, Spring, 2011. Mike Livers is finishing up our draft report of archaeological survey of the east shore of Yellowstone Lake. I just finished a draft of our northwest shore report, including results from several sites that provide data on the Archaic and Late Prehistoric periods. My draft SAA paper is done and will be presented in Sacramento on April 1. Jake Adams has finished his draft thesis on the Crescent Hill chert source and is co-authoring a paper with me at the SAA on that topic. He will defend his thesis in April, 2011. The geomorphology report by Marc Hendrix and Michael Hoffman of UM is now submitted to Yellowstone, as is Jannifer Gish’s archaeobotanical report. We are excited by the research results and look forward to disseminating our results. The University of Montana Department of Anthropology will publish Yellowstone Archaeology, Volume 1 in Fall, 2011, for our research in the Gardiner Basin, Montana, and Volume 2 on Yellowstone Lake will appear in 2012. We are also giving our research results in presentations around the west. Mike Livers and Steve Sheriff will give papers on Yellowstone research at the Montana Archaeological Society meeting in early April in Bozeman. Kristin Hare will give a paper at the Wyoming archaeological society meeting in Sheriden. Marc and Michael will give a paper on their geomorphology results at the regional GSA meeting in Logan, Utah. I’m giving a Montana Archaeology Month presentation on April 13 at 7:00 in the University Center at the University of Montana.  Finally, don’t forget that UM Missoula is hosting the Rocky Mountain Anthropology Conference in October; lots of MYAPpers will present papers on a variety of research. We look forward to seeing you at any and all of these venues.


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