Topic ID #32522 - posted 5/6/2014 2:09 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Middle Fork Site Recording III, Buffalo, WY Field Office - BLM

Jennifer Palmer

Buffalo Field Office - BLM
New! Middle Fork Site Recording III

June 22-27, 2014 (including weekends)

Must commit to entire session

Come join us for 'Part III' of our site recording project in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming! Located in the Southern Bighorns, on lands managed by the BLM Buffalo Field Office, the Middle Fork of the Powder River area is rich in both prehistoric and historic archaeological resources. This project follows the previous Middle Fork Site Recording I and II projects in 2010 and 2011 - with a twist: this year we'll be camping near the headwaters of the Middle Fork River in Washakie County, and accessing the area from the west. Volunteers and BLM staff will locate and update sites that were originally documented in the late 1980s through "pedestrian recon" (survey). Sites will be updated accurately with newly-produced maps, digital photographs, feature drawings, and artifact inventories. We will also do shovel testing 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 the eligibility of sites for placement on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and establish a management plan for the resources of this important cultural area. There are fantastic vistas and much to see, do, and explore here - we hope to see you in June as we hike once again through the history of Wyoming!

Number of openings: 4

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: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent camping available at no charge at Middle Fork Campground (; pit toilet, potable water; camp area 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

Nearest towns: Ten Sleep, 50 miles

Applications due: May 26, 2014

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