AMDA Buffalo Wyoming

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) presented its Tenth class offering, in Buffalo, Wyoming, on September 7-9, 2016. The Bureau of Land Management, Buffalo Field Office was the local partner for this class.

AMDA is certified under the Register of Professional Archaeologists’ continuing professional education program. The goal of the class is to provide professional archaeologists with an understanding of current best practices in metal detecting, and to provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of devices from a variety of manufacturers.

The Bozeman Trail was a catalyst for numerous battles and skirmishes between the US Army and Native American tribes during the 1860’s and 1870’s.  In particular, the trail’s crossing of Crazy Woman Creek in northeast Wyoming was a focal point for conflict between 1866 and 1867.  During that time nine documented fights or battles took place near the crossing, but their specific locations remain unknown.  Aided by the AMDA training, BLM is starting efforts to systematically inventory the crossing.