Meeteetse Museums to Host Tour of Medicine Lodge Site

For the first time, Meeteetse Museums will be hosting a tour to Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2011, and will be led by Dr. Lawrence Todd, Archeologist and Professor Emeritus in Anthropology from Colorado State University. Dr. Todd is also a Fellow at the University of Texas – Austin. Participants will not only be provided with a tour of the site’s petroglyphs and pictographs by one of this country’s foremost archaeologists, they will encounter some of Wyoming’s most beautiful scenery as well.

The Medicine Lodge Site near Hyattville has long been known for its Indian pictographs and petroglyphs. But the site’s significance became even more apparent in 1969 when Dr. George Frison, then Wyoming State Archaeologist, discovered over sixty levels of human occupation that spanned some 10,000 years. His digs provided information that was vital to the understanding of the archaeology of the Big Horn Basin. In addition to uncovering information about the lifestyles of the peoples who once inhabited the site, Frison also found material items, including fire pits, manos and mutates, projectile points, and food storage pits.

Those taking part in the tour will meet at Meeteetse Museums by 8:00 a.m where they will register. Participants may also meet up with the tour group at the site’s parking area about 10:10 and register then if this is more convenient. There is no charge. The tour at Medicine Lodge will last until sometime after lunch. Participants may then elect to continue the tour with Dr. Todd at the Colby Mammoth Kill Site and the Washakie Museum and Cultural Center at Worland. The Colby Mammoth Kill Site dates back 11,000 years and is one of the largest Clovis mammoth kill sites in North America. The Washakie Museum features exhibits on the natural, prehistory, and more recent history of the Big Horn Basin. Participants are encouraged to car-pool and to bring a picnic lunch. For further information about this exciting event, call Meeteetse Museums at 307-868-2423 or

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