Melting Ice patches in the Absarokas reveal archeological artifacts

(Hudson, Wyo.) - The topic of Ice Patch Archaeology in the Absarokas was presented by University of Wyoming professor Dr. Robert Kelly at the Hudson Town Hall this past Tuesday night. The free program was sponsored by the Fremont County Archaeology Society. [image: Inline image 1] * Dr. Kelly holds two textbooks about archaeology. The 7th edition* *of Archaeology by Dr. David Hurst Thomas and Dr. Robert L. Kelly has just been published. (Leneigh Schrinar / Pitchengine Communities) * Ice patches are accumulations of snow at high elevations that turn into ice or granular snow, but unlike glaciers, do not move. As natural iceboxes, they preserve organic remains through freezing. As a result of global warming, archaeologists are discovering archaeological and biological specimens melting from ice patches worldwide. These specimens include arrows, bark containers, basket fragments, clothing,, and even human remains. The oldest artifact recovered from ice patches around the world is a 10,000-year-old atlatl dart from Montana's Beartooth Mountains. Biological materials (tree stumps, wood remnants, bone, horn, feces, and plant material) have also been found, providing possible evidence of climate change. *--h/t to Leniegh Schrinar* #county10 #news