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The Wahkpa Chu'gun Archaeology Site is one of the best-preserved bison kill sites in the plains area. The park overlooks the Milk River, and tours are given June 1st through Labor Day. For more information, go to: http://www.buffalojump.org/index.html.

Montana Archaeology Month Month takes place in April and has a different theme each year. For more information, visit: http://montanahistoricalsociety.org/shpo/ArchWeek.asp, http://www.mtarchaeologicalsociety.org/16401.html, or contact Stan Wilmoth at the Montana Historical Society Preservation Office at (406) 444-7719.

The Montana Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office offer a variety of educational programs to the public. These activities include evening lectures, on topics such as the Anzick Site, and prehistoric technology demonstrations. The Montana Historical Society Museum, also called Montana’s Museum, has several exhibits, such as the long-term exhibit Neither Empty nor Unknown: Montana at the Time of Lewis and Clark, and the temporary exhibit And the Bride Wore: Montana Weddings 1900-1960, which highlights wedding fashions in the first half of the twentieth century. For more information, visit the Montana Historic Society's website at: http://montanahistoricalsociety.org/shpo/.

The First Peoples Buffalo Jump, near Ulm, is one of the most outstanding buffalo jump sites in North America. It has bison bone deposits extending more than a mile along the base of the cliff, making this site one of the largest of its kind in the Northern Plains. Archaeological and written records indicate that bison were harvested at the site during prehistoric times. The Visitor Center tells the story of the buffalo and what we know of the people who shared its world. For more information, visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/first-peoples-buffalo-jump/default.html call 406-866-2217.

The Pictograph Cave State Park in Billings, a National Historic Landmark, has a new visitor center, three main caves, and trails that include interpretive displays so visitors can learn about the prehistoric paintings and natural land features. A short paved trail allows you to view the excellent rock paintings, known as pictographs, that are still visible in Pictograph Cave. For more information, call 406-254-7342, or visit the website at: http://stateparks.mt.gov/pictograph-cave/.

The Makoshika State Park in Glendive has a new visitor center where you can see a Triceratops skull and other interpretive displays. You can also take a scenic drive or walk on the nature trails. For more information, call 406-377-6256, or go to: http://stateparks.mt.gov/makoshika/default.html

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