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Wyoming aims to protect Indian rock art

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…

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Fan

Fan

Leather-bound feathers, possibly part of a fan used in a Sioux peyote ceremony, is part of the collection of amateur archaeologist Thomas Lewis.

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Jeanne Zeeck

Jeanne Zeeck

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.

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Beaded purse

Beaded purse

Bureau of Land Management contract curator Jeanne Zeeck has cataloged the collection of amateur archaeologist Thomas Lewis that includes items like this beaded purse.

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Rare books are part of the collection

Rare books are part of the collection

Many specialized books are part of the Lewis collection.

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A rattle of unknown origin

A rattle of unknown origin

A rattle of unknown origin is part of the Lewis collection.

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A catlanite pipe

A catlanite pipe

A carved stone pipe features a buffalo. Lewis spent a lot of time with the Oglala Sioux.

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A woven purse

A woven purse

A woven purse is part of the collection of amateur archaeologist Thomas Lewis.

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Weekly Webb: Ghostly lore at Pictograph Cave State Park

Weekly Webb: Ghostly lore at Pictograph Cave State Park

Like a lot of people in Billings during the 1970s, I grew up calling Pictograph Cave the Indian Caves.

October 28, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Saturday evening programs at Pictograph Cave State Park resume July 16

Free Saturday evening summer programs at Pictograph Cave State Park resume July 16 and run through October.

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State to consider methods of preserving cave's pictographs

State to consider methods of preserving cave's pictographs

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.

June 18, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Bird watching program scheduled at Pictograph Cave State Park on June 18

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.

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State parks offer fun, education close to Billings

State parks offer fun, education close to Billings

Step into the interpretive center at Pictograph Caves and learn more about the role of the three caves in North American prehistory.

May 22, 2011 12:00 am

Archaeology work along Alkali Creek topic of May 7 talk

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.

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Legislature shouldn't kill funding for state parks

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…

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Chester Celebration

Chester Celebration

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.”

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Stuart Conner

Stuart Conner

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.”

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Celebrate community: Pictographic memory

Celebrate community: Pictographic memory

Stuart Conner remembers precisely when he became interested in archaeology.

January 16, 2011 7:00 pm Photos

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Artifacts from Pictograph Caves get new attention

Artifacts from Pictograph Caves get new attention

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.

October 27, 2010 11:35 pm Photos

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