Sunday, March 21, 2010

Barton Gulch PaleoIndians

"People of the Hearth" is an excellent video I show in my archaeology class about the Late Paleoindians that lived about 9400 years ago in Barton Gulch, in the mountains down by where Dillon, Montana, is now located. This is the Wikipedia article on it:

Definitely worth watching. I am not aware of any other videos out there specifically on an archaeological site in Montana, so if you know of another, please let me know in the comments!


Raven said...
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Raven said...

Sorry, had a couple of typos I didn't notice...
Raven said...
You were right. This is a great video. I showed it to my husband and he also thought it was interesting. I have found some articles myself by the Yellowstone River. At first I thought they were all left by Indians - the more familiar kind. I asked local residents about any tribes that might have lived around here but no one knew anything.

I think some of the things I've found are much older than that now, because I can't find anything like them online.

Anyway, Thanx so much for putting up this site. It's excellent!

Lance Michael Foster said...

hi Raven

Identification of sites with particular tribes in Montana can be tough, especially the earlier in time that you go.

Many of the historic tribes like the Crow and Blackfeet seem to have moved in sometime between the 1500s and the 1700s.

What part of the Yellowstone River? Traditionally, upstream was more in the territory of the Shoshone and Bannock, while further downstream near its confluence with the Missouri, it was more Crow territory.

But that was in historic times. If artifacts are older than a thousand or so years, and stone tools in Montana could be over ten thousand years old, there is no way to tie them to a particular tribe.

Sage said...

Thank you for this wonderful video... my minds eye could imagine the life of the paleo-indian as I watched. It was slow paced enough so that I could take in all the information and process it as well as let my mind wander and feel peaceful and connected to this lost part of our history to which we are all undoubtably connected. My family is visiting MT in 2 weeks and I am looking for dig sites to visit and learn about, as I homeschool our four children.

Lance Michael Foster said...

hi sage

Your best bet to find a site that might allow a visit would be contacting either:

1. Stan Wilmoth, Montana Historical Society
2. University of Montana, Dept. of Anthropology
3. Passport in TIme program of the U.S. Forest Service

They usually have some archaeological work going on in Virginia City in the summer too

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