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Deciphering rock art sites provides window into olden times

Deciphering rock art sites provides window into olden times

The sunken VW-sized boulder stood alone on the prairie, plunked down by a retreating glacier thousands of years ago miles from its birthplace.

December 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Post-contact

Post-contact

A group of red guns is easily identifiable in Pictograph Cave State Park. Identifiable items such as guns and horses help to date rock art.

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Steamboat Butte

Steamboat Butte

Rock art sites are often dramatic places, such as Steamboat Butte north of Billings. Some were seen as places that possessed supernatural power and were sites of vision quests and fasting, while others served as trail markers along an oft-used route.

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Pictograph Cave

Pictograph Cave

Pictograph Cave State Park, just south of Billings, has rock art dated to 2,000 years old. The park is the perfect place to learn more about rock art and the long history of human use of the area.

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Shield warrior

Shield warrior

This rock art depicts a shield warrior carrying a lance that looks to be tipped with a metal point, based on its design.

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Art with a view

Art with a view

Rock art depicts a variety of subjects, from the elk and shield warrior in this petroglyph to simple lines, geometric designs and tales of a warrior’s conquests.

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Castle Butte

Castle Butte

Castle Butte, north of Pompeys Pillar, is a prominent plains outcropping of sandstone with rock walls perfect for ancient artists to decorate.

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Face

Face

An ancient pictograph of a face can still be seen on the Rimrocks overlooking Billings. Such sites are scattered across the West, including concentrations in Montana and Wyoming.

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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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