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Hunting & Gathering Lecture Series: Hunting for Archaeological Clues Along the Buffalo Road Trail

February 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$5 – $10
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Join us for a further exploration of the tradition of hunting and gathering, from food and clothing to the naturalist’s habit of creating collections. Each of our six speakers will share their expertise, from identification and use of the object of the hunt to identifying the landscape or phenology clues that will help hunters and gatherers to find what they’re looking for.

Our first speaker is Dr. Sara Scott, the Heritage Resources Program Manager at Montana State Parks. Her work in the field of archaeology spans three decades. Sara earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and the University of Montana, respectively. Her dissertation focused on ancient trail networks and trade and new ways to analyze archaeological data collected over 70 years ago. Sara joined the staff of Montana State Parks as an archaeologist in 2007.

Join us for her lecture, Hunting for Archaeological Clues Along the Buffalo Road Trail.  The Buffalo Road Trail along the Blackfoot River was used for centuries by Columbia Plateau Indians to access buffalo hunting grounds east of the Continental Divide. Peeled trees, rock cairns, and unique stone features represent archaeological signatures of the trail’s antiquity and demonstrate its extensive use. Although significant to the indigenous people in the region, this and other trails were also used by European and American groups colonizing the American West over the past several centuries, including Captain Meriwether Lewis, Jesuit missionary Nicolas Point, and General John Gibbon. Through the use of archaeological, ethnographic, and historical information, Sara will interpret sites and features found along the ancient trail near Lincoln, Montana.

Check out our full list of speakers and topics here.

Cost per lecture: $10; $5 members; FREE for high school and college students. Purchase tickets here.

Thank you to the Good Food Store for sponsoring our lecture series!


February 13, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $10
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States