Appraisal of the Archeological and Paleontological Resources of the Middle Fork Reservoir Area, Johnson County, Wyoming

Author(s): Franklin Fenenga

Year: 1953


This report is a summary of archeological and paleontological reconnaissances conducted in the area which will be inundated by the Middle Fork Reservoir, It has been prepared for, and at the request of, the River Basin Recreation Survey, Region Two Office, National Park Service, in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service, approved October 9, 1945. The archeological survey was made in August and September, 1950 by Robert L. Shalkop, archeologist, Missouri Basin Project, and a field assistant. The paleontological survey was made in August, 1947 by Dr, Theodore E, White, geologist, Missouri Basin Project, and a field assistant,

The high plains portion of Wyoming and of the adjacent states is an archeological "terra incognita" and any site which exhibits cultural deposit of any depth, or evidence of cultural sequence, is a potentially important one, A private collection of artifacts gathered in the vicinity of the Middle Fork Reservoir contains specimens which, on typological grounds, can be attributed to ancient hunting peoples who lived about 10,000 years ago as well as Indian artifacts made of glass, iron and brass provided by the fur traders of the early 19th century. The wealth and importance of this collection would indicate that the Middle Fork area is a key one in Wyoming prehistory.

Sixteen locations of archeological interest were found in the immediate vicinity of the Middle Pork Reservoir: Sites WJ021 through 48J017 inclusive,

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Appraisal of the Archeological and Paleontological Resources of the Middle Fork Reservoir Area, Johnson County, Wyoming. Franklin Fenenga. 1953 ( tDAR id: 40649) ; doi:10.6067/XCV85B04NN

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min long: -107.371; min lat: 43.491 ; max long: -106.008; max lat: 44.564 ;

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NADB document id number(s): 900135

NADB citation id number(s): 000000111448


General Note: Submitted to: NPS, River Basin Recreation Survey, Unknown Location

General Note: Sent from: SI, Missouri Basin Project, Unknown Location

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