Wyoming - BLM Buffalo Field Office
Closed! South Bighorns, Part III
View from inside the Gardner Mountain Wilderness Study Area
July 18-23, 2021 (including weekends)
Volunteers must commit to entire session
Come join BLM personnel for a site recording project in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming! Located in the Southern Bighorn Mountains on lands managed by the BLM Buffalo Field Office, the Gardner Mountain Wilderness Study Area and surrounding BLM lands are rich in both prehistoric and historic archaeological resources. This project builds on previous work in the South Bighorns. Volunteers will continue to update sites that were originally documented in the late 1980s. This year, participants will survey to relocate previously recorded sites and update them accurately with newly produced maps, digital photographs, feature drawings, and artifact inventories. We may also do shovel tests to ascertain the presence and potential density of subsurface cultural materials. Volunteers will get to view and experience a broad range of Wyoming's archaeological resources during the project, including known prehistoric rock shelters, open lithic scatters, and stone circle sites. Data from this PIT project will be used to help determine site eligibility on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and establish a management plan for the important resources of this area. Join us this July in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains as we hike through the history of Wyoming!
Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks, social distancing, etc. Additionally, given current national and global circumstances, some aspects of the project may be subject to change. The project leader will notify all selectees should this occur.
Number of openings: 8
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), mapping and drawing, lithic material and tool identification, photography, and/or archaeological survey and excavation experience helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 15 years old; applicants under the age of 18 must apply with a parent or guardian; guardian MUST submit a separate application and plan to attend
Facilities: Tent camping at no charge on BLM surface in the project area, portable toilets; camp area is only accessible by high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles, participants will carry own gear between camp and field each day; volunteers responsible for personal camping equipment, food, water, and transportation to Buffalo, Wyoming.
Nearest towns: Buffalo; 65 miles
Applications due: Ongoing until filled