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Grand Teton National Park Report

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The 1987 field season of the Jackson Lake Archeological Project was part of an ongoing project sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation in conjunction with the repair of the Jackson Lake dam. The field seasons of 1984 and 1985 were spent inventorying the area exposed by the drawdown of the reservoir. This constituted the area around the lake between the elevations of 6772 feet and 6745 feet above sea level (Connor 1985, 1986). The field season of 1986 was spent testing sites which appeared promising (Connor 1987). In 1987, major excavations were undertaken at sites 48TE509 and 48TE1067. This was a very dry year and the reservoir dropped to the pre-reservoir lake levels. Additional inventory in this area recorded 40 new sites. In total, the Jackson Lake Archeological Project has inventoried about 8550 acres and recorded 109 archeological sites that were flooded by the reservoir. During 1987, a co-operative agreement between the Service and the University of Wyoming allowed a team from the Department of Anthropology to complete backhoe excavations in conjunction with the Jackson Lake Archeological Project. The Jackson Lake Archeological Project is guided by six broad research themes (NPS 1987, 1988). These consist of (1) the effect of inundation on archeological resources, (2) refinement of the paleoenvironmental sequence, (3) culture history and culture Chronology, (4) definition of the aboriginal settlement and/or transhumance pattern, (5) definition of subsistence patterns, and (6) the extent of trade.