Researchers say the 9-mile-long project area, containing a preserved system for driving bison over a cliff, bison bones and remnants of two campsites, could become one of the largest and most significant Blackfeet heritage sites in the region.
The Two Medicine bison jump site is located in the southeastern corner of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation on a remote plateau overlooking the river. Researchers, led by Dr. Maria Nieves Zedeno of the University of Arizona in Tucson, say they’re eager to study how late prehistoric and later hunters — Blackfeet and others — used the land to kill bison. They also want to expand people’s knowledge about this now extinct way of life.
“We really need to preserve this site for future generations,” said Zedeno, an accomplished archaeologist from the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology and Bureau of Applied Research.