U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Pinedale Field Office|
The Pinedale Field Office cultural resources staff is composed of three permanent positions. Duties of these individuals include all aspects of the cultural resources program, including survey, recordation, evaluation and management of BLM's archaeological resources, historic period resources, Native American consultation, paleontological resources, public education efforts, cultural resource database management and curation of federally owned heritage resource assets. The cultural resources staff ensures BLM's compliance with federally mandated laws and regulations such as the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and other laws, regulations and policy.
Archaeological sites compose the majority of the recorded cultural resources in PFO. The earliest of these sites contain Folsom spear points that in other areas have been radiocarbon dated to be 11,000+ years old. Interestingly, energy work in the Jonah Gas Field has identified a complex of sites that are 5500 to 7200 years old, consisting of individual and groups of house pits that represent some of the earliest domestic structures in the Rocky Mountain region (see photos). Another interesting archaeological site type involves rock structures, either "tipi rings" (stone circles that may function as footing stones for skin lodges or tipis), but also including hunting blinds, vision quest structures, linear "drive lines" and circular rock alignments that appear to have ceremonial functions. Many of these sites are important to modern Native Americans. Historic period resources include nineteenth century pioneer settlement, but also include portions of two National Historic Trails, the Lander Trail and the Sublette Cutoff. Managing these Oregon/California Trail segments involves preservation of their historic setting, unencumbered by modern intrusions.
Publications/Presentations by PFO Staff or on PFO Resources