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New Articles on Yellowstone Archaeology

UM faculty and students have had two scholarly articles published recently, both featuring their research in the Gardiner Basin of Montana.

The first article is about the Little Trail Creek Site in Gardiner: LittleTrailCreek article 2014

The second article is by Jake Adams and Doug MacDonald describing the differential use of lithic raw materials within the Gardiner Basin. This was published within Toolstone Geography of the Pacific Northwest Edited by Terry L. Ozbun and Ron L. Adams: Chapter_13_Adams_and_MacDonald 3-6-15


First Yellowstone Lake Fluted Point Discovered

48YE1578 FS 3 fluted point vs SLS GoshenDuring archaeological fieldwork in 2013, the University of Montana archaeology crew recovered an obsidian fluted point on the South Shore of Yellowstone Lake. The point was produced from Teton Pass obsidian found near Jackson, Wyoming. Here is a photograph of the fluted point, which has attributes of both Clovis and Folsom points.
Another Paleoindian point was recovered by UM in 2013 along the Lewis River. While hard to define to type, this obsidian lanceolate point has attributes of Goshen as well as a few Late Paleoindian types. The obsidian source for this point was also Teton Pass, Wyoming.
Please contact Doug MacDonald for more information:

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:

2014 MYAP Public Lectures

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.