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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Miles City Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/08/13
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen, (406) 233-2831, Mark_Jacobsen@blm.gov    
News Release No. 130408A

Artifact Road Shows commemorate Archaeology Month


MILES CITY, Mont. --- The Montana/Dakotas BLM will be hosting several events commemorating April as “Montana Archaeology Month”.

The public is invited to bring in their amazing geological, paleolithic or historical curiosities and see if they can stump an archaeologist.

On Friday, April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., the BLM Billings Curation Center will host their third annual “Artifact Road Show” put on by the Montana Archaeological Society.  The Curation Center is located at the BLM State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive in Billings.

On Thursday, April 18 from 4 to 7p.m. the BLM Miles City Field Office in conjunction with the Miles City Preservation Office, the Miles City Preservation Commission and the Custer County Historical Society will be hosting an Artifact Road Show adjacent to the Miles City Preservation Office and in the lobby of the 519 Bank Building located at the corner of 6th and Main Street.

The next week on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the BLM Miles City Field Office and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold another Road Show at Makoshika State Park, 1301 Snyder Street in Glendive.
 
The public is welcome to bring their artifacts in to be analyzed by a panel of archaeological experts and discover the potential purpose, time period and possible stories behind these treasures. Professionals will also take time to discuss area history.

“We are excited to be part of the Artifact Road Show again this year,” says David K. Wade, Billings Curation Center Curator.  “The Curation Center is an excellent local resource for preserving historic and pre-historic artifacts and this event is an opportunity for us to share our knowledge and passion with folks in the area.”

If you have ever found an arrowhead and wondered how old it is, or an interesting rock and wondered if it was some kind of fossil, now is your chance to get your questions answered.

For more information call Billings Curation Center Curator David Wade at 406.896.5213 or BLM Miles City Archaeologist Doug Melton at 406.233.2800.

For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: www.blm.gov/mt/st/en.html  and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BLMMontana.

 



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Last updated: 04-11-2013