The 5th Frozen Pasts International Conference
30 April 2021
30 June 2021
Late registration and presentation options will be offered if space is still available, but presentations may be limited to posters (not a talk).
Frozen Pasts: The international gathering for glacial and ice patch archaeology and all research oriented toward the human dimensions of frozen environments at all latitudes and on all continents.
Join other archaeologists, anthropologists, ecologists, and geologists to share new findings and plan collaborative research activities.
Tuesday to Friday, 7-10 Sept. 2021. Pray, Montana, USA.
- Chico Hot Springs Resort (historic hotel and restaurant with a large hot springs pool).
- Limited physical space for less than 135 attendees (exact limit depends on coronavirus and will be decided later).
Register and submit your abstract early. Once the limited talk slots are filled, your only presentation option will be a poster.
- Icebreaker (07 Sept, Tuesday eve).
- Oral presentations (Wednesday - Friday).
- Poster presentations (Thursday).
- In-conference field trips (Wednesday & Thursday).
- Anzick site (Late Pleistocene, Clovis-era burial).
- Yellowstone Heritage Research Center (Combined “Archaeology on Ice” and “Archaeology Out of Ice” exhibits featuring Alaskan and the Greater Yellowstone Area projects).
Saturday 11 Sept. Optional post-conference tour of Yellowstone National Park
All-day tour for $65/person. Maximum of 52 people per tour option. After the tour, you can be dropped off at Chico (early evening) or in Bozeman at the Hilton hotels (ca. 8:00 PM).
Ice Patch Option: Yellowstone National Park Lamar Valley and 3 km hike to an ice patch
Geyser Basins Option: Yellowstone National Park Loop, including geyser basins and Yellowstone Lake
To secure a spot, buy your tour while registering. You can add a tour later only if space is still available.
“Where They Made A Bed: Understanding fasting culture of the Apsáalooke and its connection to high-altitude sites”
Aaron Brien -
Faculty, Research Coordinator, Indigenous Research Center, Salish Kootenai College
On Wednesday, Brien will provide a basic understanding of a type of high-altitude archaeological site represented by the cultural practice of fasting, often referred to as "vision questing". He will share the spiritual importance of these high places for the Apsáalooke peoples and the elements that make these places important, ranging from animals to snow and ice.
“Dumuh Newe' dus Beeya Sogope: Our People and Mother Earth”
D. Lynette St. Clair -
Shoshone, Indian Education Director & Cultural Preservationist
On Thursday, St. Clair will provide a tribal perspective of the Eastern Shoshone people and their connection to the land and the Greater Yellowstone area.
Friday Banquet Talk
“Glacial archaeology and human use of high altitudes in the Mongolian Altai”
Dr. William Taylor -
Curator of Archaeology, Assist. Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of Colorado Boulder
From early human dispersals to the rise of Genghis Khan, Mongolia's high mountains have played a key role in some of humanity's most important social and environmental transitions. However, a coherent understanding of the region's past is hampered by the scarcity of the archaeological record, which has been worn thin through millennia of grazing and active geology. High altitude permanent snow and ice accumulations, known as ice patches, are a rare exception - preserving unique insights into the environmental and cultural history of Mongolia's alpine areas... More info
Talks & Poster Presentations
Accepted abstracts will be viewable after the abstract deadline.See Abstracts
Yellowstone: Apt base for an international gathering
Home base for the 2021 conference is the Greater Yellowstone area (Montana/ Wyoming), one of the most active regions for ice patch archaeology in North America. A wooden atlatl dart foreshaft from this region was 14C dated to about 10,300 years ago. The Yellowstone area is important to many Native American tribes, who participate in the research and connect it with their ancestors and other indigenous peoples.
Yellowstone is just one of many international locations that will be discussed during three exciting days of presentations. Together, the locations span latitudes and continents.
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
University of Colorado Boulder
INSTAAR's researchers (including graduate and undergraduate students) tackle environmental science challenges that span local, regional, and global scales.
Alpine Science Institute
Central Wyoming College
Located in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, ASI is a sustainably-minded field school for Outdoor Education, Anthropology, Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Science, and Expedition Science.
T. Weber Greiser
Greiser has decades of field, management, and investigator experience on archaeological and cultural resources projects across the Western U.S. He is the current president of the Montana Archaeological Society.
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30 April 2021
30 June 2021
Registration dueLate registration will be offered if space is still available.
Frozen Pasts 1-4
1. Bern 2008
2. Trondheim 2010
3. Whitehorse 2012
4. Innsbruck 2016