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Wilson Butte Cave

A NATIONAL REGISTER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE


The Mystery of Wilson Butte Cave
 

Exterior shot of Wilson Butte Cave

Wilson Butte Cave sits on the Snake River Plain not far from the southern Idaho towns of Twin Falls and Shoshone. From the outside, it is doesn’t look like much of a cave, but when you walk around it, you’ll soon discover an opening near the base of the mound of lava. Inside, the room is shaped like an oval that rounds to a dome at the top and was probably formed by expanding gas from volcanic activity. The dirt floor is mostly below ground level so you descend about 6-7 feet as you enter. Evidence of water on the walls and ceiling indicates that the cave may have been a water source for occupants in periods of greater rainfall.

 

 

 

 

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TEACHER PAGES

The Mystery of WBC

Recent History of WBC
 

Who were the First Americans?

What is Archaeology?
    Teacher Activities
     Archaeology FUNdamentals
    • How do Archaeologists Find 
      
Sites?

    • Excavation and Documentation
    • At the Laboratory
    • How Old Is It?

What was found at WBC?

Daily Life at WBC  

When Ice was on the Land

Beringia 

Native American Perspective 

Glossary 


 
Last updated: 06-10-2013