BEULAH, Wyo. | In celebration of the return the projectile points excavated 45 years ago, the Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation Board will display the tools to the public for the first time at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.
The Vore Site, located on Old Highway 14 just east of Beulah, Wyo., was discovered during the survey for I-90 in the early 1970s. When exploratory drilling in the sinkhole located on the Vore family ranch yielded large quantities of bison bones, archaeological excavations were performed in the summers of 1971 and 1972 led by Dr. George Frison of the University of Wyoming. The more than 200 stone tools, which include projectile points, knives, and scrapers, excavated during that period have been housed at the university.
These stone tools were recently returned to the non-profit Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation (VBJF), which now manages the Vore Site.
The Vore Site sinkhole was used as a bison trap 22 times from 1559 until about 1800 when the horse made the on-foot “buffalo jumps” obsolete. The stone tools are primarily from the Knife River flint quarries in North Dakota, the Spanish Diggins quarries near Lusk, Wyoming, and from the Powder River basin. These projectile points provide clues to the likely users of the site. For example, the Cheyenne controlled the Spanish Diggings quarries during the later years of Vore Site use, and oral history indicates that the Cheyenne used the sinkhole as a bison trap.
Cost to tour the site and see the projectile points is $10 per person.
For more information, call Jacqueline Wyatt at 307-281-0011.