RAWLINS, Wyo. — On the windswept northern plains, a group of Ute Indians ventured along with a herd of stolen horses. Their destination in 1880, the Powder Wash area of south central Wyoming, a few miles from the Colorado border, and an isolated encampment that offered shelter, water and a p…
Leather-bound feathers, possibly part of a fan used in a Sioux peyote ceremony, is part of the collection of amateur archaeologist Thomas Lewis.
Jeanne Zeeck, a contract curator for the Bureau of Land Management, looks through a drawer of rock art tracings, part of the collection of amateur archaeologist Thomas Lewis.
Bureau of Land Management contract curator Jeanne Zeeck has cataloged the collection of amateur archaeologist Thomas Lewis that includes items like this beaded purse.
Many specialized books are part of the Lewis collection.
A rattle of unknown origin is part of the Lewis collection.
A carved stone pipe features a buffalo. Lewis spent a lot of time with the Oglala Sioux.
A woven purse is part of the collection of amateur archaeologist Thomas Lewis.
Like a lot of people in Billings during the 1970s, I grew up calling Pictograph Cave the Indian Caves.
Free Saturday evening summer programs at Pictograph Cave State Park resume July 16 and run through October.
Considering that the oldest dated image in Pictograph Cave is 2,149 years old, it is surprising that even 15 of the 103 original ochre and charcoal images of warriors and animals are still visible.
The birds that inhabit and migrate through Pictograph Cave State Park are the focus of a morning program at 9 a.m. Saturday. Ruth Vanderhorst will lead a bird walk in the park.
Step into the interpretive center at Pictograph Caves and learn more about the role of the three caves in North American prehistory.
Steve Aaberg will present a slide program on "Recent Archaeology in the Billings Area" at 7 p.m. on May 7 at Pictograph Cave State Park.
The Senate Finance Committee is taking a wrecking ball to our state parks and our historic sites. The Finance Committee is killing a program that is now working very well. We have a tourism state, but also the most poorly funded state park system in the United States. SB13 will make park fun…
Stuart Conner photoOn an archaeological outing in Carbon County in 1972, Stuart Conner took this photo of Chester Medicine Crow standing in front of a three-color pictograph showing a shield-bearing warrior. He said it is his favorite photograph because “it brings those divergent eras together.”
Self-taught archaeologist Stuart Conner, a retired attorney in Billings, will be honored this week by the Montana Historical Society for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Archaeology.”
Stuart Conner remembers precisely when he became interested in archaeology.
Nearly 1,400 years ago, a member of a nomadic people sheltering in the sandstone recesses of Pictograph Cave discarded a basket woven with willow and milkweed fiber.