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Flint Knapping. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Flint Knapping
Bob Ficenec, an archaeologist with Western Archaeological Services in Rock Springs, demonstrated flint knapping.

Flint Knapped Arrowhead. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Flint Knapped Arrowhead
Bob Ficenec made this arrowhead from a piece of obsidian while demonstrating flint knapping.
Open Archaeology Day at the Museums
June 4, 2006

The Pinedale Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management teamed up with both Sublette County Museums last weekend to hold an "Open Archaeology Day".

The event was intended to celebrate and raise awareness of the centennial of the American Antiquities Act which was passed in 1906 to preserve cultural resources on federal lands.

Several people took advantage of the days to bring down unique artifacts and other items they have in their personal collections. The archaeologists identified the items, gave an estimate of possible age and photo documented them.

Open Archaeology Day was held on Friday at the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney and the next day at the Museum of the Mountain Man on Saturday. The event in Pinedale was timed to coincide with the Museumís "Sublette County Free Day", where admission to the museum is free to residents of the county.

Photos and story by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!



Related Links
  • www.grvm.com - Green River Valley Museum
  • www.museumofthemountainman.com - Museum of the Mountain Man
  • www.wy.blm.gov - Wyoming Bureau of Land Management

  • Artifacts galore. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Artifacts galore
    Some of the artifacts on display during Open Archaeology Day at Big Piney.

    Big Piney Open Arch Day. Photo by Dawn Balou, Pinedale Online.
    Big Piney Open Arch Day
    Archaeologists were on hand to show artifacts and answer questions.

    Margies artifacts. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Margies artifacts
    Margie Nystrom brought in several of her unique artifacts.

    Cora Coral. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Cora Coral
    Margie Nystrom brought in this petrified coral found on their ranch near Cora.

    More artifacts. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    More artifacts
    More interesting artifacts brought in.

    Cleaning bison bone. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Cleaning bison bone
    Sam Drucker demonstrated cleaning bison bones, dug up from the Wardell Buffalo Trap archaeology site last summer.

    Weighing bison bone. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Weighing bison bone

    Sam Drucker with bison bones. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Sam Drucker with bison bones
    Sam cleans bison bones.

    Throwing Atl Atl. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Throwing Atl Atl

    Throwing Atl Atl. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Throwing Atl Atl
    KPIN Radio's Bob Rule took a turn throwing the Atl Atl on Saturday.

    Flint Knapping. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Flint Knapping

    Learning to flint knap. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Learning to flint knap

    Flint knapping demonstration. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Flint knapping demonstration
    Russell Nelson and Dave Vlcek show David Rule the art of flint knapping.

    Talking with archaeologists. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Talking with archaeologists

    70 years cake. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    70 years cake
    The Museum of the Mountain Man celebrated Sublette County Day honoring the 70 years of existence for the Sublette County Historical Society.
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