Archaeology vs. Looting

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Archaeology Vs. Looting

Kristina Walters
Undergraduate Student

Dr. Kelly Dixon briefs the fall 2013 Archaeological Survey class prior to their ascension up the mountain to the mysterious undisclosed location in the Lolo National Forest. Dr. Dixon explained how it is possible to discern that this pit was not left over from their initial excavation because if archaeologists do dig a test pit, they employ the necessary methods to ensure the integrity of the pits sediment matrix is kept intact. It is sad, and infuriating, that careless individuals would potentially destroy a historic site in pursuit of loot. After this discovery, students measured the dimensions of this pointless pit in order to submit a report to the Forest Service as part of the site stewardship program.


Mapping the long forgotten basement spaces of the Missoula Mercantile

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Mapping the long forgotten basement spaces of the Missoula Mercantile

The fall 2013 Archaeological Survey class has the opportunity to explore the depths of the basement in the famous Missoula Mercantile. In this photo, students are mapping an area which was once a possible mechanical room. In the archaeological world, the area in the lower left hand corner is known as a feature.