#Whatshappening: Speaker talks coal, railroads, and cultural resources
Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 7:15 p.m at the Hudson Town Hall, Chris Finley will give a presentation titled: Archaeology, Surveys, and a Railroad.
In his talk, Finley shares his involvement in documenting cultural resource impacts of a proposed coal railroad in southeastern Montana, a project controversial with environmentalists and members of the Northern Cheyenne tribe.
The Tongue River Railroad Project, designed to transport coal before recent downturns in the coal economy, required surveying for cultural resources in advance of final approval. Concerned with the quality and accuracy of the survey, the Sierra Club invited Finley’s involvement. The result was a new survey, led by Finley and his own crew. The results and the impact of his follow-up report on the entire project is the subject of Finley’s talk.
After his long career working as an archaeologist, professor, and consultant, the now semi-retired Finley is still very active in his field, focusing on tribal ethnographic studies and energy-related projects throughout Wyoming and Montana.
This free public program is sponsored by the Fremont County Archaeological Society. Students are welcome.