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Closed! Crazy Woman Battlefield I

Crazy_Woman_Crossing.jpg by Caveman1949 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
This is a view of the crossing over the Bozeman Trail on Crazy Woman Creek near Buffalo, Wyoming

July 17-21; 24-28, 2017

Must commit to 1 entire session. may participate in both

Come join BLM personnel for an adventure along Crazy Woman Creek in Johnson County, Wyoming! Located just 12 miles southeast of Buffalo, the Crazy Woman Creek crossing of the Bozeman Trail was the scene of several skirmishes between the US Military and Sioux and Northern Cheyenne forces during 1866. This BLM-managed acreage is used for hunting and livestock grazing, and is the location for an interpretive turnout describing the conflicts along the Bozeman Trail. The project’s goal will be to find evidence of the skirmishes and campsites along the Bozeman Trail, in an effort to enhance public interpretation. Participants will conduct both pedestrian survey and metal detection survey to record historic and prehistoric artifacts, and to update information with newly-produced maps, digital photographs, feature drawings, and artifact inventories. It’s possible we will also do limited shovel tests to ascertain the presence and potential density of subsurface cultural materials. Data from this PIT project will be used to enhance public interpretation and establish a management plan for the Crazy Woman Battlefield. This is a rare opportunity: volunteers will get to view and experience the landscape of the 1860s frontier, which is largely unchanged despite the passage of 150-plus years! Join us this July as we hike through the history of Wyoming!

Number of openings: 12 (6 per session)

Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances over often-difficult terrain each day, and in a variety of weather conditions; previous GIS data collection (especially the use of Trimble XT and XM units), metal detection, mapping and drawing, lithic material and tool identification, historic artifact identification, photography, and/or archaeological survey and excavation experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 12 years old; under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Tent camping at no charge on BLM surface near project area; portable toilets, no potable water; camp area only accessible by high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles; Buffalo is a full-service community with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities (; participants will carry own gear between camp and field each day; volunteers responsible for personal camping equipment, food, water, and transportation

Nearest towns: Project based near Crazy Woman Creek crossing of the Bozeman Trail; Buffalo, 20 miles; Kaycee, 35 miles; Sheridan, 55 miles

Applications due: June 12, 2017

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