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2005 A Quantitative Investigation of the Cultural Topography
of Hunt and Sheep Mountains, Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming.
Ralph J. Hartley and Anne M. Wolley Vawser
The cultural topography of two adjacent mountain tops in the northern Bighorn mountain range of the state of Wyoming, USA, is examined through several field and computer aided techniques. Socially constructed space, as reflected in cumulative architectural features through time, was initially revealed by high resolution aerial photography of the mountain tops. Features observed included clusters of stone circles, solitary rock structures commonly known as vision quests, and various sized rock cairns. Field mapping of all features with high resolution GPS allowed exploratory analysis of spatial relationships of stone circles using categorical data and tessellation models in GIS. The variation in placement of rock structures and directional alignments by vision seekers on Sheep Mountain vs. Hunt Mountain is explored through cumulative viewshed analysis also in GIS.