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UM Announces 2015 Field School at Madison Buffalo Jump

The University of Montana Department of Anthropology will hold an archaeological field school at Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, Three Forks, Montana from May 17 to June 17, 2015. Ten students will gain six credits and learn how to survey and excavate one of Montana’s ten best  prehistoric archaeological sites. The field school will be led by Professor Doug MacDonald, author of Montana Before History: 11,000 Years of Hunter-Gatherers in the Northern Plains and Rockies. For more information, please visit the Madison Buffalo Jump Field School website.

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Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers)

winter scene promotional poster for film Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) is perhaps one of the first films to focus upon the work the broader Native community is doing now to revitalize their languages.  Read about the film.

Were early visitors to Yellowstone Lake fish eaters?

UM graduate students Stocky White and Matt Nelson excavate and screen an archaeological test unit at Yellowstone LakeTechnology offers great tools for archaeologists, such as analyzing the residue in ancient ceramic containers to reveal what they contained, or testing proteins on stone artifacts to find what animals were butchered or killed with the tools. 

Doug MacDonald, an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Montana, found out the hard way that at least one of these laboratory tests couldn’t be trusted.

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Field School, excavations offer archaeology education in Belize

John DouglasJohn Douglas researches the collapse period — called the “Terminal Classic” — for Mayan ruins in Belize. The UM professor and anthropological archaeologist directs a field school located at a Mayan ceremonial site called Cahal Pech, near the town of San Ignacio.

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Kimber McKay - University of Montana TEDx Speaker

Kimber Haddix McKay is a cultural anthropologist who has studied marriage and family systems in Nepal, East Africa and Central America for 20 years. Kimber works with graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Montana to integrate anthropological research into the international

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UM archaeology reveals lives of ancient park visitors

Doug MacDonald

There’s a "tink, tinkle" sound that’s sweet as music to UM archaeologist Doug MacDonald. It’s the sound arrow points, scraping tools and other ancient artifacts make as they emerge from earth sifted through a screen mesh. That "tink, tinkle" means a window has opened to reveal the lives of people who lived as long as 9,000 years ago.

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UM Archaeology Class To Present Results Of Missoula Historic Underground Project

After months of researching the facts, folklore and history of the underground features once part of Missoula’s historic downtown landscape, students in a University of Montana archaeological survey class are ready to present their findings to the public.

The presentation, “What Lies Beneath? Missoula Historic Underground Project,” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Missoula Mercantile building. The event is a part of First Friday Missoula and is free and open to the public.

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Research project details history of Ghost Cave at Pictograph State Park

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A new chapter is being written in the history of Ghost Cave at Pictograph Cave State Park.

In August, Jim Busse of Montana State University Billings said he believes he photographed a charcoal inscription on the cave’s wall dated 1812 – only six years after William Clark passed by on his way back from the Pacific Ocean.

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Photo by: JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff

Kevin Kicking Woman - Anthropology

Kevin KickingwomanIn September 2012, anthropology graduate student Kevin Kicking Woman travelled to attend “Stories and Songs of the People” at the InterNational Peoples Village in Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia, where he participated in a series of events featuring Indigenous people’s stories, music and art. In addition to attending Australian Aboriginal ceremonies and dances, Kevin took part in an interactive workshop on the concept of “education” from an Indigenous perspective. Workshop participants concluded that oral traditions such as storytelling, music, dance, and art can be expressed in ways that affirm the identities of Indigenous peoples.

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