Ewing/Snell Ranch, Bighorn Canyon
Lovell, WY 82431
On October 20, 2012 at 10 a.m., in celebration of National Archeology Day, Bighorn Canyon will be hosting a dedication ceremony for the Two Eagles Interpretive Trail at the trailhead approximately 6 miles north of Devil Canyon overlook. The interpretive trail incorporates the results of multi-year archeological field school projects with the focus on tipi rings. Students from the University of Memphis, Indiana University, St. Cloud State University, Northwest College, and Little Bighorn College have helped to record more than 140 tipi rings at this site.
The goals of the interpretive trail are to help interpret the archaeology of the stone features at this site, to help preserve the site, and to highlight the collaborative efforts between tribal members, anthropologists, archeologists, and the National Park Service. Through these collaborative efforts the site has been documented, preserved, and can be shared with future generations.
The dedication will begin with a traditional pipe ceremony presented by Burton Pretty On Top, Crow Cultural Committee Director. Several dignitaries will briefly discuss the archeological methods used at the site, the importance of collaboration, and how the project came together. After the ribbon cutting, the trail will be open for the public. Staff and guests will be on hand to answer any questions.
Parking is minimal at the site. For that reason, we ask all participants to meet at the Ewing/Snell Ranch at 9:45 a.m. From there we will transport participants to the site. Light refreshments will be served at the Ewing/Snell Ranch around noon. If you plan to attend or have questions, please contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5402 or Christy_fleming@nps.gov.