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.

No Field School in 2011

The University of Montana will not have an archaeological field school at Yellowstone National Park in 2011. We will operate cultural resource management projects for Yellowstone National Park, mostly staffed by faculty and graduate students. We may have a field school in 2012…keep your eyes on this blog for an update in December, 2011.

Cinnabar report near complete!

David Dick defended his master’s professional project last week for his archaeology report entitled, Cinnabar: Archaeology and History of Yellowstone’s Lost Train Town. We plan to submit it for review to Ystone this month.

Friday, Jan 23 09

The draft report of 2008 MYAP was submitted for review to Yellowstone earlier this week. Grad student Lester Maas did a great job putting most of it together for his graduate project. We also curated all of the 2007 artifacts to the Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner. Our congrats to Ann Johnson who retired this January after being Yellowstone’s park archaeologist for years. We will miss her. We currently have four students on the list to participate in 2009. I am only accepting 10, so if you are interested you should think about making a committment. I expect it to fill in the next month or so. I will be giving two public talks about MYAP this spring: 1) 1st weekend in March at the George Wright conference in Portland, Oregon; 2) April 16, Archaeology Month presentation at the University of Montana UC.

Tuesday October 21

We are completing lots of detailed analyses, including historic and lithic analysis of both the 2007 and 2008 materials. We now have five charcoal samples submitted in the past 2 weeks, including 3 from the stone circle site (’08) and two more from the ’07 yellowstone bank cache site. We have also submitted 30 obidian/dacite artifacts for XRF sourcing, all from the ’07 excavations. I will submit another 15-20 from the ’08 materials as well. Historic analysis is proceeding with a graduate student (David Dick) and undergrad (Katrina Johnson) researching dates of artifacts. Lester Maas is a graduate student writing the report of the 2008 field investigations. An undergraduate student–Meg Tracy–is completing illustrations of lithic artifacts from 07 and 08, while I am conducting detailed lithic analysis of both years stone artifacts as well. Mike LIvers is conducting background research on stone circles as part of his thesis research on the Airport Rings site. In general, we will have lots of great information from both year’s excavations. I gave a lecture to the Department of Anthropology here at UM and at the Great Basin Anthro Conference in Portland, Oregon, regarding some preliminary results of our work, while Ann Johnson presented a paper of our results at the Plains Conference in Laramie. All in all, lots of stuff going on in MYAP.

MYAP Sept 19 blog

The Montana Yellowstone Archaeological Project (MYAP) began two years ago and now has had two successful summers. We have several graduate and undergraduate students working on the project. In 2007-2008, we surveyed the Boundary Lands, a circa 2,300 acre area north of Gardiner, Montana along the Yellowstone River. We identified more than 50 sites in the 2 years and excavated five, resulting in lots of research for Yellowstone, the University of Montana, and numerous graduate students. In 2009, MYAP will be in the Wyoming portion of Yellowstone Park, including Swan Lake Flats and Yellowstone Lake. We are very excited for another summer of archaeology and just being in Yellowstone, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Check out the pictures at this web site for a few images of past years. We thank Ann Johnson and Elaine Hale of Yellowstone and Christine Whitacre of the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit for their continued support of the project