Sunflowers at a Buffalo Jump

Sunflowers at The Vore Buffalo Jump archeological site

Wyoming’s Vore Buffalo Jump archeological site August 27, 2007.

The ancestors of at least 5 Plains Indian tribes killed and butchered as many a 20,000 bison at the Vore Buffalo Jump during a 300 year period between 1500 and 1800 A.D.

Herds of bison were driven from the surrounding valley and stampeded over the edge of a large round sinkhole, providing tons of meat for winter storage.  When horses became abundant, tribes adopted other hunting techniques and used “jumps” less frequently.

Thick layers of butchered bone extend almost 20 feet below the bottom of the sink.

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