Alberta Buffalo Jump Site

“over the edge of which hunters used to drive the buffalo…and their bones still lie in places two and three feet deep” St. Maur, S. 1890. Buffalo jumps such as this are found scattered over the Plains of North America. Archaeological excavations took place at this site in 2015 and 2016 and recoveries include stone projectile points, along with metal trade points, and a glass trade bead, these material culture indicators suggest that the jump was used between 1725 to 1870 A.D., the continued use of which spans the period immediately preceding, during and directly following the first interaction between First Nations and Europeans along the foothills of southern Alberta.  The Buffalo Jump site represents one of the greatest achievements of communal hunting to survive in harsh climatic conditions and recoveries from the excavations can be used to provide additional insight into cultural transformation during this dynamic period.


Southwest Alberta

Field Documentation:

September 13, 2017

Field Documentation Type:

Terrestrial LiDAR


Blackfoot, Canadian

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