GREAT FALLS – First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park will host the Montana Conversations program “Six Hundred Generations: Exploring the Indigenous Archeology of Montana‚” with Carl M. Davis on June 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. The program will be held inside the park headquarters.
Carl will take participants on a journey through time, climate, landscapes, technologies and cultures, beginning with the First Peoples who followed mammoths to North America. The conversation focuses on Montana’s representative archaeological sites – dwellings and villages, animal slaughter sites, stone quarries, rock art and battlefields – spanning 13,500 years, culminating in cultural landscapes and preservation issues which continue to be very important to Native Americans today.
Davis is a former regional archaeologist with the US Forest Service Northern Region in Missoula, Montana. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from the University of Montana and the University of Pittsburgh, and has published extensively on Montana archaeology, including his recent book “Six Hundred Generations: An Archaeological History of Montana”.
The presentation is free and open to the public. The park is 3.5 miles north of Ulm, just off Interstate 15 at exit 270. For directions or more information about First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, visit: http: //stateparks.mt.gov/first-peoples-buffalo-jump
Admission to Montana State Parks is free for residents.
Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.