Artifact Roadshow slated for Saturday

April is Archaeology Month in Montana, an  annual observance to encourage Montanans to learn more about the state’s cultural and archaeological heritage. 

The federal Bureau of Land Management office in Miles City will mark the observance with its annual Artifact Roadshow, slated for 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the Miles City Public Library.

Ever wondered what a particular rock, fossil, or relic may be — and what story may be behind it. A professional archaeologist at the roadshow may be able to provide some information.

“People have shared some amazing finds with us at our previous road shows,” said Doug Melton, lead archaeologist at the field office. “They’ve brought in a variety of items such as fossil bone, projectile points from some of Montana’s earliest residents, even rare glass beads.”

He explained that people don’t have to bring in anything to attend. Melton added that it’s fun just watching what items are brought in for identification.

“We are excited to hold this public event, again,” Melton said. “These events are well-attended, and visitors and staff really enjoy the variety of items. We’re looking forward to seeing even more amazing finds this year.” For more information call Melton at 406-233-2800.

(Contact Denise Hartse at or 406-234-0450.)