Archaeology in Action!
The Bodo Archaeological site is a unique area that includes a communal Bison Pound and camp sites that people have been using over thousands of years. While the most recent campsite dates back 250 years ago, the oldest goes back as far as 5,000 years ago.
Currently we are excavating a Bison Pound; an area where bison were run into the sand dunes and trapped so they could be hunted. Just below the surface we see the remains; thousands of bison bones, hundreds of arrowheads, tools that haven’t seen the light of day in hundreds of years.
The best part is: you get to experience it. We offer programs so you can learn how people hunted, made pottery and stone tools, and lived on the ancient plains, and you get to visit the archaeological sites and see the artifacts associated with the area.
Stop by today and engage in Alberta’s history.
INTERPRETIVE CENTRE & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE:
OPEN FOR THE SEASON 7 days a week!
Bodo Archaeological Centre
Located 35 km south of Provost, in east-central Alberta is the Bodo Archaeological Locality which is one of Alberta’s largest and most well-preserved archaeological sites. This site was inhabited during the past 5000 years by Aboriginal peoples who both hunted and camped in this unique area of stabilized sand dunes, where the grasslands meet the parklands of Alberta.
Artifacts buried in the sand, including bison bones, stone hunting and butchering tools, clay pottery, and arrowheads, have provided a unique glimpse into a culture of hunting and living off the land that predominated the grasslands of Alberta for over 10,000 years, but no longer exists.
The Interpretive Centre is open daily from April 30 to August 31, and year-round by appointment. Visitors can enjoy archaeology and Alberta’s history during daily-guided tours of the archaeological site and center. Annual summer programs include: Adult Dig-It Camps, Family Lifeways Camps, Kids Day Camps for all ages, and Curriculum Based School Tours.
While off the beaten path, a visit to the Bodo Archaeology Centre is sure to please the whole family! Visit today and step back in time or just be astonished by the quiet tranquility of the Alberta Plains while sleeping in a tipi under the stars.
Bodo is a great day trip from Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon! We look forward to seeing you in 2016!