A tribute to the archaeological accomplishments of the late Vern Waples will be presented at 7 p.m. on October 16 at the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum in Red Lodge. Waples, a long-time Carbon County resident, passed away in 2006.
The multimedia program was created by Larry Lahren PhD, archaeologist; Jerry Brekke, Park County, Montana historian and journalist; and Ishi-award-holding and primitive technologist Ray Alt of Livingston, Montana. The presentation will be based upon some of the concepts in and information in Lahren's recent book "Homeland: An Archaeologist's View of Yellowstone Country's Past."
As a Montana game warden and avocational archaeologist, Vern Waples spent a lifetime documenting the life ways of prehistoric people in and around the Beartooth Plateau and Pryor Mountains of Montana and Wyoming. His collection of artifacts on display at the Carbon County Historical Society Museum in Red Lodge provide a relative chronology of this area for some 11,000 years. Vern's findings will be discussed in the context of other related sites in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem such as; the Red Lodge site, the Mummy Cave site in Wyoming, the Dozer Rock site in Sweet Grass County, Montana, the Anzick site and the Myers-Hindman site in Park County, Montana to affirm that this area was a homeland for prehistoric peoples for the past 11,000 years.
For more information about the event, contact Cathy Wiltgen at (406) 446‑3667 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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