September 30, 2004
I learned that hunters were here between 300 B.C. and A.D. 300. They originally killed the buffalo by running them over the sandstone cliff. Eventually, the hunters speared them. The average sized kill was around 20 to 30 animals. Following each kill event, the hunters turned butchers and skinned, disarticulated, and deboned the animals.
Archaeologists have found the bison bones and spear points used in the killings. Small fire hearths contained burned bone fragments identifying areas where the hunters dined and rested during the butchering process.
I visited the site and saw the remains of many bison. Basically, they are found at the base of this cliff. They have a map where you can see where everything occurred, like the cliff falls and butchering. It was unusual to see this site amongst lots of green vegetation, other cliffs and wildlife. It seemed very hidden amongst the rest of the land.
This site brings you back in time and is good for all ages. It was interesting to see the live buffalo on the land, and then see that they were there so many years ago. There is ongoing exploration and excavation of the site. Special excavations are planned where guests can participate. For further information, a booklet is available to view published by the Oklahoma Archeological Survey titled Archaeological Survey of Late Archaic Bison Kill Sites in Beckham County Oklahoma.
From journal Getting off the mother road in Sayre. OK