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Longtime Native American Campsite in Jackson Hole Topic of AMK Ranch Talk Thursday

June 25, 2012

A historic campsite occupied by generations of Native Americans near Jackson Hole is the topic for the weekly summer lecture series Thursday, June 28, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Michael Page from the Wyoming State Archaeologist office will discuss “The Oldest Campsite in Jackson Hole: 10,000 Years of Human Occupation at the Game Creek Site” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Page says the confluence of Game and Flat creeks in southern Jackson Hole served as a seasonal camp site to Native American hunter-gatherers. Excavations at the Game Creek site, conducted by the Wyoming State Archaeologist office in advance of a highway expansion project, have uncovered extensive evidence of when and why this location was selected and its importance to countless generations of hunter-gatherers.

His presentation will cover some of the basic principles of archaeological excavation, the results of the last two years of field work and current understanding of the early people who lived in Jackson Hole.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.

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