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You Call This Archaeology??!!

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Thomas J. Livoti

Doctoral Program

Department of Anthropology

The University of Montana

Thomas Livoti and Erik Alvarrado hard at work sorting artifacts.

Thomas Livoti and Erik Alvarrado hard at work sorting artifacts.

What can a decorative ceramic sherd like this tell us about life at Fort Missoula?

What can a decorative ceramic sherd like this tell us about life at Fort Missoula?

One of the several bullet casings excavated from the research site.

One of the several bullet casings excavated from the research site.

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, (you know the rest) will keep an archaeologist from staying busy.  Below-average temperatures combined with rain and wind brought the Fort Missoula field school crew to the archaeology lab where students learned how to clean and catalog artifacts from last year’s field excavation at Fort Missoula.  The field school staff hopes to be back in the field by the end of the week after the weather clears.

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A Humorous Look at Work in the Dixon Archaeological Learning Lab

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Graduate Student, Marty Lopez, reflects on his job working in the Dixon Archaeological Learning Lab.

Pictograph Cave. Ayme Swartz, Erika Blecha, Marty Lopez

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Pictograph Cave.  Ayme Swartz, Erika Blecha, Marty Lopez

Our journey to eastern Montana brought us to Pictograph Cave, near Billings, Montana. Much of the research here is focused on the pictographs and atrifacts; while our research is exploring this as well, we are also taking a look at the archaeology of the archaeologists! The WPA first excavated this site in the 1930s.

Tongue River at Oévemanâhéno

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Tongue River at Oévemanâhéno

This beautiful photo was taken just east of Oévemanâhéno (Birney Day). Oévemanâhéno is located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The University of Montana was asked to map cabins that were homes for several Northern Cheyenne members starting in 1900 and as recent as the 1970’s. This is recognized as the most traditional village on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

Research along the Bitterroot.

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Research along the Bitterroot.

Graduate Student, Mary Bobbitt, surveying one of three sites that are the focus of her master’s thesis.