Meeteetse Native Larry Todd to Speak at Winter Gathering

Learn more about Prehistoric use of Wyoming’s High Country at Winter Gathering

Washakie Wilderness Archaeology: Learning Enough to Recognize What We Don’t Know

For the last 16 years Colorado State Professor Emeritus Larry Todd and volunteer teams have been recording archaeological materials within the Shoshone National Forest’s Washakie Wilderness as part of a research program called the Greybull Rivers Sustainable Landscape Ecology (GRSLE) project.  At the beginning of this project, only a single prehistoric site was documented in the Wilderness.

Today, there are hundreds of sites recorded ranging in age from several hundred to over 10,000 years in age.  While the long-term GRSLE project has added a great deal of basic data on prehistoric use of Wyoming’s high country, this presentation emphasizes the ways that new research highlights gaps in our understanding of the unique archaeological “library” that records the lives of hundreds of past generations.

Larry is scheduled to speak in Grizzly Hall at 2:45 p.m., Sat. Jan. 26

Larry Todd (BA, University of Wyoming, MA, PhD, University of New Mexico) is Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at Colorado State University and a Research Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin.  

A native of Meeteetse, Wyoming, where he now lives, Todd has conducted archaeological fieldwork on the Great Plains for over 45 years with much of his research focusing on taphonomy of bison kill sites.  Since 2002, Todd splits his time between researching early human paleoecology in NW Ethiopia and prehistoric montane/alpine landuse in NW Wyoming.