Tim Urbaniak, director of the MSUB archaeological field team, will talk about the inscriptions at Medicine Rocks State Park Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Pictograph Cave State Park visitor center classroom.
Medicine Rocks is located near Ekalaka in Carter County. Spectacular sandstone formations are covered with names, dates and text inscribed or painted by pioneers and local families. Some inscriptions go much further back, as far back as pre-contact times.
Urbaniak will introduce participants to techniques and technologies experts use in documenting the inscriptions. He has led students and volunteers in projects that include a 3D reconstruction of the historic site, digital imaging, survey technologies, desktop virtual reality, 3D scanning and the use of multimedia.
He teaches in the MSUB-B drafting and design program and is studying historical inscriptions and their role in cultural communication as part of a Ph.D. program at the University of Montana.
Urbaniak will speak at Pictograph Caves near Billings as part of the State Parks Speaker Series.