The Billings Curation Center is the main repository for archeological and ethnographic collections recovered from the BLM-administered public lands in Montana and the Dakotas.
Montana archaeology spans more than 11,000 years and is represented by numerous bison kills, tipi rings, rock art, cairn monuments, and battle sites. Each yields a variety of cultural materials and information about the past.
Items in the collections represent a variety of artifacts and time periods:
- Early Paleo-Indian Goshen
- Late Prehistoric side-notched points
- Bison bones
- Complete bone tools
- Early pottery
- Rock art
- European trade beads
- Homesteaders' material
The Billings Curation Center invites professional researchers, archaeologists, and university students to utilize the available resources.
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Mill Iron Site featured on Preservation50 video:
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires that federal agencies be good stewards of the historical places – including archaeological sites – under an agency’s control.
Thanks to these requirements, we have found, recorded, and in many cases, preserved hundreds of thousands of archaeological sites.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NHPA, volunteer archaeologists nationwide have created videos that highlight some of these special places.
One of these videos features the Mill Iron Site in southeastern Montana, which was located by retired BLM archaeologist Jerry Clark in 1979.
The 11-minute recording offers some history and insights gleaned from studying the site. Some of it was recorded in the Billings Curation Center.
Other posted videos so far describe sites in Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. More are planned. Check out the video below: