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  1. 13 Ancient Villages Discovered in Wyoming Mount...

    […] High in the alpine forests of northwestern Wyoming, archaeologists have discovered more than a dozen villages dating back over 2,000 years, a find that could alter our understanding of the scope of…  […]

  2. jerry kendall
    jerry kendall at |

    have lived here all my life and spent alot of time hiking the winds…please forgive my ignorance but could these people be who are referred to as the sheep eaters?

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    1. Dennis June
      Dennis June at |

      Weren’t sheep brought into the new world by the Spanish?

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      1. Brandon
        Brandon at |

        Big horn sheep…..not farm sheep..

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  3. Gerald Shippen
    Gerald Shippen at |

    Could it be that these were seasonal locations where the inhabitants were there for summer/fall hunting and gathering and exploitation of stone materials used in tool fabrication? Said locations would be ideal corridors between the high mountain (summer use) and low lands (winter use) .

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    1. Dennis Portillo
      Dennis Portillo at |

      As I read this article the seasonal use is exactly what I was thinking. It is as cold as the dickens in the flats of the Winds let alone to be up so dang high in the dead of winter.

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  4. USA : 13 Ancient Villages Discovered in Wyoming...

    […] High in the alpine forests of northwestern Wyoming, archaeologists have discovered more than a dozen villages dating back over 2,000 years, a find that could alter our understanding of the scope of…  […]

  5. Brandon
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    I have been raised on the wind river and have found lots of stuff through the years. If you want a adventure look in to the little people . I have been looking into it for 10 years. There are still sightings . And we might have stumbled across were they are hiding out…I think they are still out there . We have story’s from hunters who saw them 1′st hand high in the mountains sheep hunting . …we have found lots of old sheep eater camps around here , we just never tell ANYONE ! Congrats on your discovery

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    1. sheldon beard
      sheldon beard at |

      please tell me more about the little people, i have a story of my own to tell

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  6. Angie
    Angie at |

    I am a member of the Comanche Nation. I find these new found sites extremely interesting and exciting. Our elders have told (oral tradition) stories handed down from their ancestors about living in the mountains. Since I am from Southwest Oklahoma and we have small hills, that description (of living in and around tall mountains) was always so foreign to me. Also what Brandon says about the little people, Nunupee’s is what Comanche’s call them, would be interesting as well. We too have stories and sightings of these Nunupee’s in our area. Keep up the good work and congratulations on your research.

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    1. Jerry
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      The Shoshone name for the little people is nynymbi. According to a book written by Dr. William Alonzo Allen in 1913 they were a spirit people. When a Mountain Shoshone was doing a vision quest he would sit in front of a rock panel of ancient drawings, wrapped in a blanket for several days and nights. The nynymbi would come and take him inside the rock to meet a series of frightening creatures, instructing him on proper behavior for such meetings. He would then leave him alone in the rock and eventually gain power to free himself and become a powerful warrior or a puhagant. (medicine person)

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  7. Michael
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    Has anyone ever canvassed Casper Mountain for prehistoric sites? I remember coming across some stone structures that seemed to be like dugouts. They were on the very western end of the mountain and the view from the structures was one of a hundred miles to the west. It seems it would have been a perfect place to watch out for approaching danger. I have always wondered about them and who may have built them.

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  8. Rich K
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  9. 13 Ancient Villages Discovered in Wyoming Mountains May Redraw Map of Tribal Migrations | Ancientfoods

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  10. Jasper
    Jasper at |

    Blake was any rock art encountered at elevation?
    This is just fascinating, really fantastic

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  11. Ken
    Ken at |

    Blake, has any discovery work been done in the Big Horn Mountains, the Gros Ventre Mountains, Wyoming Range, or the Uinta Mountains? Those mountain ranges also have elevations near or at 10,500 feet. I don’t know about whitebark pine stands in those mountains.

    I lived at Calpet for a number of years. While living there, I went to the base of the Hogsback in search of fertile, dark soil for a garden. I found some at a spring and as I dug the dirt I found animal bone fragments (ribs, joints, leg bones) on gravel about 1′ – 2′ deep indicating that the spring was likely much more active in the past. It may have been a camp site at some time in the past. I’ve been interested in revisiting the site, but it is now, and likely was then, on private property, which is now occupied.

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  12. Dating Oldest Known Petroglyphs in North America | The Fenn Diagrams

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  13. Charles Twist
    Charles Twist at |

    Thanks for the clarity

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  14. Peter Kolb
    Peter Kolb at |

    Fascinating! If you look at some of the research conducted by Cathy Whitlocks group at Montana State University – S.A. Mumma et al. / Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 326-328 (2012) 30–41; C. Whitlock et al. / Quaternary Research 75 (2011) 114–124; and M.J. Power et al. / Quaternary Science Reviews 30 (2011) 2520e2533 there may be a strong correlation between habitation at higher elevation sites and prolonged warm climatic periods where life at lower elevations would have been exceedingly difficult

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  15. Sheffield archaeology graduate discovers sky-high prehistoric villages

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  16. Jerry
    Jerry at |

    Was an avid back packer here in the winds for over 30 years and have always been interested in artifacts. while walking a rocky ridge overlooking a creek, i found a hole that had been dug about 4 feet down shaped like a bowl about 8′ across. at first i thought it was a prospecting hole but there was no dirt just filled with small rock. walking on i found 2 more about 50 yards apart. all three looked the same. i dismissed them for years untill i was reading about the sheepeaters and how they would dig these along known trails of the mountain sheep to hide in wait for their game to come by. Its in an ideal place. I am very excited to go back to this place and check it out further.

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