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Dendrochronology in the Absaroka Mountains, Wyoming: How Ancient Wood Frames a High Montane Archaeological Landscape

Author(s): Marcy Reiser

Year: 2014

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The Big Horn Basin in Wyoming was one of the last areas in the West explored and settled by early Euro-Americans. Thus, first-hand historical accounts from this region are sparse, especially from the Absaroka Mountains which flank the basin on the west. Tree-ring samples collected from ancient wood at high elevation sites in the Central Absarokas, including from prehistoric culturally peeled trees, archaeological features, and historic cabins, provide a unique window into this region’s past. Combined with some of the early historical documents from the area, tree-ring data offer intriguing insights into both past human land use and the paleoenvironment.


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Dendrochronology in the Absaroka Mountains, Wyoming: How Ancient Wood Frames a High Montane Archaeological Landscape. Marcy Reiser. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437046)


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PaperId(s): SYM-50,02

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America