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About Our Company

Bighorn Archaeology LLC

Bighorn Archaeology is a woman-owned business committed to issues of heritage, stewardship, sustainability, collaboration, conservation, and community development.
They are cultural and heritage consultations, with over thirty years of archaeological and ethnographic experience in the Plains and Rocky Mountains, particularly in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas. They are also experienced with NAGPRA consultancy protocols.
Bighorn Archaeology personnel have partnered with the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Crow Indian Reservation, state agencies, and private entities to provide historic resource management services.
They specialize in archaeological survey, evaluation, and analysis on federal and non-federal properties. They consult on issues of historical research, mapping, geodatabase management, conservation, historical resource preservation, genealogy, cultural sensitivity, museum curation, digitization, and community development.

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Meet Our Owner

Laura L. Scheiber, PhD, owner and principal investigator. Dr. Scheiber has been a professional archaeologist working in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains for several decades. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California-Berkeley. She has participated in and directed archaeological and ethnohistoric research projects in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains for the last thirty years, explicitly aimed at integrating heritage, sustainability, and stewardship in small communities in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Nebraska.  


Her current research focuses on exploring historical and social landscapes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Recent publications include Engineering Mountain Landscapes: An Anthropology of Social Investment (co-edited with María Nieves Zedeño) and Across a Great Divide: Continuity and Change in Native North American Societies, 1400-1900 (co-edited with Mark D. Mitchell). Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, her family moved to Cody, Wyoming when she was in high school, where she grew up on a ranch not far from where she continues to call home today.

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We have written dozens of articles and several monographs about our work. Click on the images for more information.

Engineering Mountain Landscapes
Across a Great Divide
Dogs Archaeology Beyond Domestication
Meet Our Collaborators

Bighorn Archaeology is a small business with numerous partners and collaborators, working towards common goals and interests. Many of us have worked together for decades.

Karina Black

Amanda Burtt, MA

Michael and Kathleen Gear

Mary Keller, PhD

Larry Loendorf, PhD

Cody Newton, PhD

Courtney Scheiber

Noel Two Leggins

Native Memory Project

Social Reactors Project

Rising Star Ranch

Livingston Outfitting

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