Pictograph Cave National Historic Landmark

Pictograph Cave National Historic Landmark

Infobox_nrhp | name =Pictograph Cave
nrhp_type = nhl

caption =
nearest_city= Billings, Montana
locmapin = Montana
area =
designated= July 19, 1964cite web|url=http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=307&ResourceType=Site
title=Pictograph Cave |accessdate=2007-06-28|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service
added = October 15, 1966
governing_body = State
refnum=66000439cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

The Pictograph Cave National Historic Landmark are a 93 acre area of three caves (Pictograph, Middle, and Ghost caves) located convert|6|mi|km south of Billings, Montana. There are over 30,000 artifacts which have been identified. At least 20,000 animal remains were recovered from the site. Species range from large mammalian species, including Bison ("Bos bison") and Elk ("Cervus elaphus"), to various species of herpetiles (reptiles and amphibians) and avies (birds). The presence of these remains result from human predation, processing and consumption as well as non-human (carnivores and raptors) predation and individual species who lived and died in and around the site.

Paintings known as pictographs are still visible in Pictograph Cave, which is the largest of the three caves. Some of the pictographs are over 2100 years old. They are paintings of animals, warriors, and even rifles that document the story of the Native Americans of the area for thousands of years.

External links

* [http://www.pictographcave.org Pictograph State Park Official Website]
* [http://custer.visitmt.com/categories/moreinfo.asp?IDRRecordID=3107&SiteID=16 Visit Montana: Pictograph Cave State Park]


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