Down and dirty in Bodo, Alberta
Tourists may be flocking to Drumheller to witness the wealth of ancientdinosaur bones, but another rural Alberta archaeological site is raisingeyebrows these days.
Tourists may be flocking to Drumheller to witness the wealth of ancient dinosaur bones, but another rural Alberta archaeological site is raising eyebrows these days.
I was just a tad apprehensive on my way out to the middle of nowhere somewhere near Wainright, Alta., I think, to visit the even smaller and even more out-of-the-way tiny hamlet of Bodo. The official population base is listed at “about 27 people.” This place makes Moose Jaw seem like a metropolis.
Not long after arriving in the flat, almost desert-like terrain, I was struck by the history, and the unique hands-on experience of uncovering that history.
More and more tourists are flocking here to get there hands dirty at an ancient Native burial ground.
Just a five-minute drive from the town, if you want to call it that, is the beautiful and unique Bodo Sandhills. The mosquitos were pretty unbearable, but I forgot about my 900 or so bites when we actually had a chance to dig at a large ancient buffalo kill site.
This is the exact area where First Nations people trapped and killed their food, hundreds of years ago, and all around is the evidence. Just a few inches under the ground are thousands and thousands of well-preserved Bison bones.
What makes Bodo so great is that it allows the stunned layman to at least pretend he’s a great explorer and famous archaeologist.
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