Craig M. Lee


Ice patch archaeology

The Glacier National Park Ice Patch Archeology and Paleoecology Project is a collaborative research effort between Glacier National Park, CU-Boulder, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the Blackfeet Nation, and units of the National Park Service. Melting ice poses a risk to previously preserved cultural and natural resources. The project partnership conducted cutting-edge, culturally informed fieldwork to survey, map, and sample stable ice patches in the park in 2010 and 2011. The research will be used to establish a National Park Service-wide protocol for the collection, documentation, analysis and curation of artifacts recovered from melting ice patches.

The project won a Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award in 2012 and the prestigious Camp Monaco Award in 2016.

See a video about this research, "Ice Patch Archaeology."