At the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, cultural resource specialist Mike Bies gives An Overview of the Rock Art of the Bighorn Basin. The free lecture takes place Thursday, November 5 at 12:15 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
In the talk, Bies addresses cultural aspects of various types of rock art imagery in addition to the physical attributes of each. “Rock art is a particularly sensitive archaeological site type,” says Bies, “and requires consideration of both tangible and intangible aspects when considering the appropriateness of specific actions.”
Throughout his more than 35-year career, Bies has conducted numerous meetings and field visits with Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho, Crow, and Cheyenne elders regarding sites in the Bighorn Basin, and has vast experience in the history and prehistory of the northwestern Plains, Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, and Columbia Plateau.
Bies holds a bachelor of science in history and sociology/anthropology from the University of South Dakota, and did graduate studies in anthropology at the University of Idaho before beginning his career with the Bureau of Land Management. He served as a cultural resource specialist with the BLM in Wyoming for more than 30 years.
Since his retirement from the BLM, Bies has been owner and principle investigator for OW Heritage Research, a disabled veteran-owned small business organized as a Limited Liability Corporation in Wyoming. The organization focuses on the identification, documentation, and analysis of petroglyphs and pictographs, and has a strong interest in the occupation and use of rock shelters, especially those that date to the Pleistocene.
Bies has received numerous awards for his work, including the Wyoming Archaeological Society’s Golden Trowel Award and the American Rock Art Research Association’s 2013 Conservation and Preservation Award. He was named the Bureau of Land Management of Wyoming’s Cultural Heritage Specialist of the Year in 2007.
To find out more about this lecture and additional natural science programs at the Center of the West, visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history, or contact Draper Museum Curatorial Assistant Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020. For the December 3 talk, geologist Gretchen Hurley discusses The Geology and Paleontology of Natural Trap Cave. The Draper Museum’s Lunchtime Expedition series is supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch.
For the Center’s full calendar of events, visit centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.