Public Programs


AUGUST 24, 2017

Friends in High Places: New Research Connects Past Peoples to Climate 

Join the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum on August 24th from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Teton County Library to hear the latest updates from the field by staff archaeologists Matt Stirn and Rebecca Sgouros.

Every summer Matt and Rebecca head into the high country to record ancient sites, monitor melting ice patches, and piece together our understanding of the Greater Yellowstone region over the last 13,000 years. Their latest findings include the paleoenvironmental results from a soil core taken from a high elevation lake located in the northern Teton mountain range. Ancient pollen trapped in the soil can be used to illuminate the climate, temperature, and precipitation patterns of the Tetons over the past 12,000 years. Matt and Rebecca will talk about these results- highlighting the landscape of the high Tetons since the end of the Ice Age, how these results fit with the archaeological evidence for human activity in the region, and discuss future possibilities for study. Finally, Matt and Rebecca will present new findings on obsidian use and trade in the Greater Yellowstone area.

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Previous Programs:

Voices of the Valley

Local Author Series

Elk Fest

Walking Tours

Old West Days