Artifact Roadshow and Oral History Project at the Vore Site Saturday

(Beulah, Wyo.) You can put tomorrow on your events calendar if you're interested in learning a little bit about history, and maybe flying some kites. The Artifacts Roadshow will return to the Vore Buffalo Jump on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature a team of archaeologists from around the state, on hand to identify and inventory any artifacts people may have around their home from homesteads past. "Many folks have a shoe box of artifacts handed down through the family or may have collections of their own," said Dr. Matthew Douglass. He'll be part of the Roadshow team, representing the Center of Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "We are interested in documenting these." Area residents are invited to bring in personal American Indian artifacts collected in Crook County. The team will photograph the artifacts and develop 3-D reconstructions with laser scanners, as well as assisting with artifact identification. They will be discussing the best practices for recording archaeological finds from private property as part of the event. Christopher Rowe, a graduate student with the University of Wyoming and part of the project, noted that about half of the land in Wyoming is in public hands, which may have introduced bias into the archaeological record. Part of his thesis research is to understand whether there are disparities in historical records due to this. One of his goals is to use the Artifact Roadshow to help record oral histories of those with personal experience or family information. Park Rangers from the National Grasslands will be conducting the interviews for the project in Sundance on June 11th. "We encourage individuals who can share information about homesteading in the local area, the relationship homesteaders had with the land to come talk with us," Dr. Douglass said. "Of particular interest are those who have documents and photographs about local homesteading history or whose family has passed down information about life during the homestead era." Also on June 11th, large kites designed by Native American artists will be on display over the Vore Site sinkhole. SkyWindWorld founders Terry Zee and Drake Smith will fly the large kites and will help visitors decorate, make, and fly their own kites. "Visitors to the Vore Site during the Roadshow held in 2015 were fascinated to learn about local artifacts ranging in age from paleopoints likely made 10,000 years ago, to a steel arrow point made from European trade goods," said Vore's Jacqueline Wyatt. She stated that no admission will be charged on June 11th and that they hope area residents take this opportunity to stop in and see improvements made to the site this spring including the remodeled cabin, a paved path, and new exhibits. #county17 #news