(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is inviting the media to join us at Rosebud Battlefield State Park near Decker, Montana to witness discovery through technology and history in the making at this beautiful and historic state park on Tuesday, August 14 at 10am.
Montana State Parks’ Heritage Resources Program is partnering with the University of Montana’s Archeological Field School to document and create an historic record of where specific battles occurred in 1876, through artifacts found using metal detection and GIS mapping.
Visitors will be observing Phase II of the field school project headed by Chris Merritt, PhD. and Kelly Dixon, PhD. that is continuing throughout the week. Montana State Parks’ partnership with University field schools is a cost effective way to accomplish key research, site stewardship and documentation. This work also supports Montana’s science education programs.
Rosebud Battlefield State Park is a National Historic Landmark that is associated with the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877.
When: Tuesday, August 14 at 10am
o Chris Merritt, PhD., Adjunct Professor for UM’s Archeological Field School
o Kelly Dixon, PhD., Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana
o 4 field school students
o Sara Scott, Manager, Heritage Resources Program, Montana State Parks
o Bob Peterson, Park Manager, Rosebud Battlefield State Park
Where: Rosebud Battlefield State Park near Decker, Montana.
25 miles east of Crow Agency on US 212, travel 20 miles south on Secondary 314, then 3 miles west on Rosebud Battlefield Road. (The last 1.5 miles are on unpaved, gravel road.)
**Park next to the visitor’s Welcome Kiosk.
Rosebud Battlefield State Park is a National Historic Landmark that is associated with the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877. The battle at Rosebud preceded and influenced the outcome of the Battle of Little Bighorn that occurred eight days later. It represents the proactive position of 1,500 Sioux and Northern Cheyenne as they forced the withdrawal of Brigadier General George Crook's 1,000 troops at Rosebud Creek. The presence of thousands of warriors and soldiers on the field on June 17, 1876, made the day one of the largest battles of the Indian wars. Due to Crook's troops withdrawing from the war zone to resupply, they were not available to support Colonel Custer and his troops at Little Bighorn.
In the past summer season (May – August 2011) Rosebud Battlefield State Park saw nearly 3,500 visitors.
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