Results and Ongoing Study
According to archaeologist Byron Loosle, "high elevation is often thought of as the place where people went to go hunting. We did find some projectile points and Michelle's crew did find some bone. However, the hunting really seems to be incidental to why people were at the site. Given all the groundstone we found and the storage pits, it really seems like the focus of activity at the site was gathering and processing plants. At this elevation there would be different plants available or plants would be ready to harvest at different times than plants at lower elevations. We suspect people from the Uinta Basin were visiting the site -- Uinta gray pottery and the Uinta quartzite mano we found on the surface suggest this as they are both Fremont material.
Byron was very enthusiastic about what PIT volunteers uncovered during the week. Although the crews excavated a number of artifacts, much of the work will be conducted in research labs over the course of the next several months. PIT volunteers have helped Byron and his crew of archaeologists uncover new information about the previously unknown inhabitants of this 9,000' elevation mountain.
Pollen analysis: Info to come.
Info to come.
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