Utah State University anthropology professor Chris Morgan is leading a team of researchers this summer investigating why the pre-historic inhabitants of western Wyoming chose to build and live in a large village at nearly 11,000 feet elevation in the Wind River Range. The site, High Rise Village, contains at least 51 houses called wickiups as well as substantial remains from campfires, cooking, tool making and seed grinding. Morgan and his team are seeking to learn if similar conditions led to the use of High Rise Village and possibly other high altitude sites in the area by excavating the site and performing remote-sensing work to discover additional similar sites nearby.
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