We are staying at Devils Tower in Wyoming. More on that tomorrow.
This "buffalo jump" is just inside Wyoming along I-90. The Indians drove buffalo to this sink hole and herded the buffalo to jump. They were injured and then destroyed for food and other parts of the animal. Sounds like a bad way to treat the animals but the Indians could not easily kill a buffalo. They did this to survive the cold winters which took a lot of meat for the tribes. Archaeologists have found twenty two layers of bones. Each layer was covered by shifting soil, making layers after each buffalo "roundup". Here is a history of the jump.
|This building was installed over the excavation area to protect it.|
|Walkway down to the building.|
|This is an active archaeology dig.|
|Twenty two layers of bones and artifacts. |
They have only reached seven layers so far.
|We drove to Sundance WY, about twelve miles into Wyoming. |
Not much happening there. Harry Longabaugh, known as the Sundance Kid, who served his first jail time in this frontier town.