A new chapter is being written in the history of Ghost Cave at Pictograph Cave State Park.
Sara Scott, cultural resources coordinator for Montana State Parks, standing Friday where the water surged down from Hangman’s Gulch during the flash flood earlier this week at Bannack State Park.
A week before the Battle of the Little Bighorn in the summer of 1876, a much larger and longer battle raged in the hilly country on the Rosebud River 40 miles away.
Pictograph Cave State Park near Billings is one of the most important archeological sites in the state, said Sara Scott, Montana State Parks heritage resources program specialist.
Sara Scott of the Montana Parks Department looks at a faded turtle pictograph at Pictograph Cave Park near Billings that dates back more than 2,000 years. A carved turtle amulet found at the site resembles the pictograph.
BOZEMAN — Nancy Mahoney was looking for an archeology collection that her Montana State University students could use to research real artifacts and get experience working in a museum.
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.
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.