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UM archaeologists unearth Buffalo Soldiers' artifacts at Fort Missoula

July 21, 2014

In the summer of 1888, four companies with the U.S. Army left their post in the Dakota Territory and headed west to Missoula.More than 125 years later, a team of archaeologists and students from the University of Montana hunkered down in a mosquito-infested field near the decommissioned fort. Under the drum of summer heat, they scratched away soil revealing military trash from the late 19th century.