Saturday, July 10, 2021

Vore Buffalo Jump

 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.

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