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Tue Jul 30 13:10:00 MDT 2013

Montana State Parks News - Region 5

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today that archaeological field school students from the University of Montana will be at Pictograph Cave State Park this week mapping 3D images of Pictograph and Ghost Caves; the interior, rocks and landscape.

This project will use a 3D mapping grid and apply the location of artifacts, dating back thousands of years ago, found in the caves during the original 1937-1941 excavation. This computer generated mapping will provide a better visual tool for the interpretation of the site and allow visitors to share in the experience of what was found where. Approximately 30,000 artifacts were recovered from this early excavation, which represented some of Montana’s first professional archaeological studies. This 3D map will illustrate the locations of some of the more important and valuable findings; such as a paint applicator, basket fragments, caribou horns turned into harpoon points, atlatl points, and more. Many of these artifacts represent the occupations of some of the earliest people on the Northern Plains.

This field school is led by Tim Urbaniak, Instructor and Archaeology Digitalization Specialist from MSU – Billings, Kelly Dixon, PhD from University of Montana and Bethany Campbell, Project Manager from University of Montana. This field school is a partnership between Montana State Parks and the Montana University System. Sara Scott, Manager of the Heritage Resources Program for Montana State Parks and Jarret Kostrba, Park Manager for Pictograph Cave State Park will also be on site and available for interviews.

The media is encouraged to join us on site to view the mapping technology and talk with the students, instructors and staff from Montana State Parks about this exciting project that will enhance the public’s understanding of what was found here nearly a century ago.

When: 3D Mapping/ photography will be taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30 and 31 at 1pm.

Pictograph Cave State Park
3401 Coburn Road
Billings, MT 59101
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Jarret Kostrba
Park Manager,
Pictograph Cave State Park
(406) 254-7342

Jennifer Lawson
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818
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