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.
BILLINGS CURATION CENTER MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Billings Curation Center, within the Branch of Land Resources, Montana State Office is: To catalog, curate, preserve and protect the cultural materials, historic and prehistoric, originating from Bureau of Land Management properties in Montana and the Dakotas, in accordance to the standards established in the National Park Service's Museum Property Handbook (411 DM). To encourage the scholarly use of the collections held at the Billings Curation Center, by way of educational programs and exhibits, student internships, and promoting their availability to researchers.
Gary P. Smith - (406) 896-5214
David K. Wade - (406) 896-5213
Curation Lab - (406) 896-5269
Curation Storage - (406) 896-5215
Fax - (406) 896-5317
Email - BillingsCurationCenter@blm.gov
The main collection consists of the artifacts, maps, samples, and associated documentation from the numerous public land surveys and excavations from Montana and the Dakotas.
The BCC keeps raw lithic material from the region and faunal remains from the Northern Plains available for type and comparative studies.
Excavation and survey report, archaeology periodicals, professional journals, and reference books are available to further research.
The BCC collection contains slides, prints, and negatives pertaining to the archaeology and history of the Northern Plains.