Along with scenic beauty, rugged terrain, and dramatic weather, landscapes at high elevation can tell us a great deal about the history and range of human occupation. On Thursday, May 4, a symposium highlights the science and findings of “high elevation archaeology.” Titled Recent Advances at High Elevation, the symposium takes place at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, the symposium is co-hosted by the Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum and the Park County Historic Preservation Commission. No advanced registration is required to attend. The symposium occurs the day before the Wyoming Archaeological Society convenes in Cody for its annual conference.
The symposium features world-class presentations by archaeologists from around the world. Topics range from the overall importance of doing high altitude archaeology and the degree to which high elevation places have been used throughout the past 10,000 years.
Specific sessions share findings related to specialized aspects of high elevation archaeology such as bison jumps, techniques used to study past alpine diets, ice-patch archaeology, prehistoric migration patterns, communal hunting, and more. The detailed program schedule including speakers, topics, and times, can be found at centerofthewest.org/event/high-elevation-symposium.
As noted above, Recent Advanced at High Elevation takes place immediately before the spring meeting of the Wyoming Archaeological Society (WAS) at the Holiday Inn in Cody May 5 – 7. To learn more about WAS or find out how to attend the spring meeting, visit www.wyomingarchaeology.org.
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.