Archaeology Field Schools

November 7, 2019

In 2020, the University of Montana’s School of Anthropology will be sending students on a field school excavation of a pit house occupied for 17 generations in British Columbia by the Bridge River Indian band. Meanwhile, graduate students are in the lab processing findings from the field school conducted at the Moon-Randolf historical homestead over the summer of 2019.

Doctoral candidate Nikki Manning led the field school over the summer. Manning took UM News on a tour of the homestead and discussed some of the findings from the site, as well as giving us a close-up look at how archaeologists process artifacts and other findings. Manning says that while the work done with the Bridge River band will be physical, much of the School of Anthropology’s work with local Native American groups involves oral and written histories.

Story by David Atkinson

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