Matthews to kick off speaker series at Bighorn Canyon NRA

This is the time of year when residents of the area are all looking for a reason to get out of the house. To help, the staff at Bighorn Canyon NRA has put together an exciting lineup for its 2013 Winter Speaker Series. The speakers are a mix of park staff and local partners from the Bighorn National Forest, Homesteader Museum and the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center.

Bill Matthews
Bill Matthews

The first speaker in the series is Bill Matthews, the West Zone Archaeologist for the Bighorn National Forest. Mathews will kick off the series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, with his presentation entitled, “High Altitude Archaeology of the Cloud Peak Wilderness, Bighorn National Forest.”

For the last five field seasons, Matthews and a returning core group of volunteers have spent five 10-day sessions performing a cultural resource survey of the Cloud Peak Wilderness of the Bighorn National Forest.  The region’s high altitude passes and lakes were, and currently are, the main study areas.  To date over 45 prehistoric sites have been recorded and dated back to 200 to 8,500 years ago. Matthews’ photographic presentation will shed some light about the indigenous occupations and lifestyles of this spectacular landscape.

Contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5402 for more information or visit