The Campbell County Rockpile Museum and the Pumpkin Buttes Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society invite the public to attend their 18th Native American Artifact Show on Saturday, October 19, 2013. This event brings together some of the finest collections of projectile points, drills, scrapers, knives, and beaded items in northeast Wyoming. The show will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and admission is free. Come enjoy these fine collections of artifacts and listen to a great presentation by Dr. Richard Adams at 1:00 p.m. Anyone interested in displaying a collection may call CCRM Registrar Robert Henning to reserve table space.
This year’s featured guest speaker is Dr. Richard Adams from Colorado State University. Adams will teach us about his work at high altitude archaeological sites in Wyoming. Dr. Adams grew up in Centennial, Wyoming and received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. For 24 years he worked as a Senior Archaeologist at the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist and has worked on archaeological projects in each of Wyoming’s 23 counties. His research interests include prehistoric soapstone use, high altitude archaeology, prehistoric cuisine, and Shoshone ethnohistory. In 2010, he completed a PhD in Anthropology entitled Archaeology with Altitude: Late Prehistoric Settlement and Subsistence in the Northern Wind River Range, Wyoming.
For more than a thousand years, Shoshone Indians spent their summers at high altitudes in the mountains of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. These mountain-adapted people hunted bighorn sheep, dug abundant root crops, harvested whitebark pine nuts, and constructed villages at treeline near the Continental Divide. Since 2000, teams of archaeologists, students, and volunteers from around the state have located and documented more than a dozen of these high altitude villages. Dr. Adams’ slide show uses vivid images, ethnographic analogy, and re-creation of prehistorically correct cuisine to argue that the high mountains were the preferred summertime destination, rather than places to be avoided.