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The objective of the excavations was to directly address “who” occupied and used Bison and Veratic Rockshelters. This research question can be summarized as: “have the Northern Shoshone occupied the region now known as Eastern Idaho for millennia or are they recent arrivals as some scholars have argued (arriving from the Great Basin to the south around A.D. 1300)?” Professor Swanson concludes that all the evidence supports the fact that the ancestors of the historic Northern Shoshone had occupied the region for at least 8,000 years and perhaps as long as 11,000 years.