On Wednesday, May 5, at about 1 p.m. a construction crew digging a water pipeline for the town of Pinedale uncovered a dark stain in the sub-soil.
Just west of the Fremont lake lower boat dock parking lot on Forest Service land, the discovery was immediately recognized by a team from Current Archaeological Research, which was hired to monitor the pipeline project for cultural resources.
Soon after, archaeologists cordoned off the area into square-meter units where they carefully dug into the site centimeters at a time.
What they found was unmistakably human and unmistakably prehistoric: flakes caused by tool making, large flat rocks that could have been used to grind plant matter and knife-like biface tools.
It all showed evidence of a human camp that was occupied around the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, according to Current Archaeology’s David Wolfe.
“It’s a nice campsite,” he said pointing to Fremont Lake and Pine Creek. “There are probably sites like this throughout the area.”