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Fire reveals archaeological sites hundreds of years old

PHILLIPS COUNTY

MALTA, Mont. - Archaeologists on Montana's Hi-Line are using fire to reveal Native American artifacts hundreds of years old.
    
Last year's controlled burn of 300 acres on bluffs near the Milk River turned up effigies outlined in stone, teepee rings, cairns, vision quest sites, stone tools and rows of rock along which bison were herded to kill sites.
    
The artifacts are estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old.
    
This year, another 600 acres were burned and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plane flew over the site to record more data points.
    
U.S. Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Josh Chase says there is no site like it on the Northern Plains. Chase plans to discuss his work at this month's meeting of the Montana Archaeological Society in Great Falls.


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