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Historic sites might need erosion protection

An environmental consulting firm is considering anti-erosion measures for a pair of historical sites east of Gillette.

This summer, the Bureau of Reclamation hired S.W.C.A, formerly Steven W. Carothers and Associates, to map and collect samples at archeological sites near Keyhole Reservoir which had suffered water damage in 2011. The bureau feared the sites are vulnerable to erosion.

S.W.C.A Field Director Andrew Owens says the historical sites were home to early cattle ranchers and Native Americans, respectively.

Owens says artifacts gathered from the sites might hold new details about previous inhabitants. Owens was excited for the information that the Native American complex mighthold, saying, “It’s gonna show us whether or not these people came seasonally or they came during one big event, how long they had been coming there… it shows a tradition, a complex, a way of life that exists in a narrow window of Wyoming’s history.”

Owens expects his firm will propose that the Bureau of Reclamation install a rock barrier, known as riprap, to prevent future water damage to the sites.

Originally from Chester County, PA, Jordan Harper comes to us by way of the South Carolina Low-Country and Coastal Carolina University. He is a junior majoring in journalism and hopes to one day become a reporter. When not in the office or in the classroom, Jordan enjoys the occasional yoga session and playing rugby with the University's club team. A life long NPR listener and avid WPR fan since first landing in Laramie, Harper begrudgingly admitted to being somewhat star-struck upon his first tour of Laramie's WPR facility.

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