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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Robin Smith

Abstract

Villages in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, inhabited ca. 4000-420 BP, exhibit patterning that indicates reliance on specific lithic resources, white bark pine, and traditional game. These villages were occupied in the warmer months as part of a seasonal migration pattern, enhanced and accommodated by an early onset of the Medieval Warming Period in the region. The resources that motivated the settlement of these mountains conflict with any preconceptions of scarcity in the alpine and sub-alpine environments. This research seeks to inform future assessments of a locality’s potential to hold significant archaeological sites.

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