Sunrise Mine

Spencer Pelton

An ochre mine in Sunrise, Wyoming may be one of the earliest mining sites in North America. Archaeologists have been working to preserve the mine, called the Powars Two Paleoindian Archaeological Site, since it was first discovered. In the last year, those archaeologists partnered with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to make the mine safe for future excavations.

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Archeologists and other scientists will gather at an important prehistoric mining site in Southeastern Wyoming today. The researchers hope to learn more about the area’s earliest human inhabitants.