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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.
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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.