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Prehistoric Spanish Diggings

A map of the diggings. (Platte Co. Library)

This truly amazing swath is at least 10 miles wide and 40 miles long. That’s what has been discovered and uncovered southwest of Lusk, Wyoming. And these incredible findings have the name that was given them back in 1879, Spanish Diggings.

But what Wyoming Cowboy A. A. Spaugh had happened onto were not the remnants of the Spaniards mining for gold. No, these findings go back some 10,000 years! Scientists have unearthed mines here 30 feet deep. And these mines were dug into solid quartzite rock, with stone tools.

Spanish Diggings has been called the “Greatest Prehisoric Workshop on the American Continent”. This is where ancient civilizations did their work. There are a number of stone shops, surrounded by piles of chippings. It was here where the arrow and spearhead makers applied their trade.

Spanish Diggings was the site of the homeland and workshop for entire villages. The evidence lies in the numerous stone teepee rings found here. These mark the existence of a time, a prehistoric time, 10,000 years ago. Kinda mind-boggling, and it was all going on back then right here in Wyoming, at Spanish Diggings.

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