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Release Date: 04/10/14
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Celebrate Archaeology Month with BLM and Pictograph Cave State Park

BILLINGS, MT – April is the time to acknowledge the science that unlocks mysteries from our past…it is Archaeology Month!  In celebration, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is teaming up with Montana State Parks to host an Archaeology Day at the Four Dances Natural Area and Pictograph Cave State Park on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“The public lands in the Billings area are full of traces left behind by humans for centuries,” says Jennifer Macy, BLM Archaeologist.  “We are excited to share this fascinating history and continue to pass on the local heritage to future generations.”

Throughout the day, experts will share the legend of Sacrifice Cliff, tales of local cowboy artist and writer, Will James, at the cabin bearing his name, the story of perseverance along the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, the adventures of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and lots of information on how you can get involved with history and archaeology.  Lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
At Pictograph Cave State Park visitors can try their hand at the Atlatl range and view artifacts, some thought to date back 7,000-9,000 years, at the new visitor center display. 
The Pictograph Cave site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 because of its historic and archaeological significance.  Today’s visitors can enjoy a unique opportunity to explore the mystery of this extraordinary site.
The BLM and Pictograph Cave State Park would like to thank the Montana Archaeology Society, Western Heritage Center, Project Archaeology, Montana Site Steward Program, Project Archaeology and Hubert Two-Leggins for supporting this event.
The event is outdoors, so please take weather into consideration and dress appropriately.  Sturdy shoes are recommended to walk to the various speakers.  Transportation will be available onsite at the Four Dances Natural Area to access speakers located on the slightly more vigorous trails. 
To get to the Four Dances Natural Area from Billings, head east on I-90.  Take the Lockwood Exit and turn right onto Old U.S. 87.  Take the first right onto Coburn Road.  Destination will be on your right.  Signs will be posted directing visitors to the site. Pictograph Cave State Park is located at the end of Coburn Road.
The BLM Billings Curation Center will also host the fourth annual Artifact Road Show in partnership with the Montana Archaeological Society’s Archaeology Month on Friday, April 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The event invites the public to bring in artifacts they have to be analyzed by a panel of archaeological experts in order to discover the potential purpose, time period and story behind the object. Professionals will also take time to discuss the history of the area.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 04-10-2014