Anthropologist and popular speaker Larry Todd, PhD, acknowledges that every discovery in his chosen field of archaeology is exciting.
Piecing together a richer picture of the past human interactions within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, though, is complex. Todd asserts that “larger integrative research programs offer our best methods for developing and evaluating interpretations of long-term human ecology in northwest Wyoming.” In other words, the more information from various sources—previous excavations, surface surveys, museum collections and archives to name a few—the better.
At the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition, Todd shares how he integrates information from a multitude of sources to put recent mountain field work into context. The free talk is titled High Elevations, Old Sites, and New Perspectives on Human Paleoecology in Wyoming’s Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and takes place September 7, 12:15 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
In the presentation, Todd demonstrates his approach by focusing on linking surface archaeology to the record provided by previous excavations at important sites such as Dead Indian Creek, Bugas-Holding, Pagoda Creek, and Mummy Cave.
Todd is a Research Associate for the Draper Museum, as well as a Research Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. He also serves as Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at Colorado State University. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork on the Great Plains for more than forty years, with most of his research focusing on archaeology and taphonomy of bison kill sites.
A native of Meeteetse, Wyoming, where he now lives, Todd currently splits his time between researching early human paleoecology in northwestern Ethiopia and prehistoric montane/alpine land use in northwest Wyoming.
To learn more about natural science lectures and programs, contact Curatorial Assistant Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020, or visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history. At the October 5 Lunchtime Expedition program, Dr. Corinna Riginos discusses the program of roads as barriers to deer migration in Wyoming.
The Lunchtime Expedition series is organized and hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and is supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
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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. #100YearsMore
Image: Dr. Larry Todd in the field, with colorful survey pin flags in the background. Courtesy photograph.