4. Archeological Assessment, Fossil Butte National Monument.
Zeimens, George M.
The Fossil Butte National Monument archeological survey was conducted by
University of Wyoming, Department of Anthropology personnel during the fall
months of 1973. The purpose of the project was to locate all archeological
remains within the limits of the park's boundaries; to assess the potential
of these remains, in terms of the National Register of Historic Places
Criteria of Significance (36 CFR 800), for contributing to the
archeological record and to make recommendations for protection of all
remains under the monument's resource management program. The study also
included a literature search to review other documented sites in the
general area. Local collectors and amateurs were contacted for information
concerning undocumented sites on, or in the vicinity of, the monument.
Then a thorough foot inspection of all monument lands was conducted. As
requested, no actual excavations were attempted although one site was
promising enough to tempt an eager field crew.
Three prehistoric-period and two historic-period sites were found. These
latter were not investigated or described because Fossil Butte National
Monument Naturalist Bob Spears has compiled a research file for