Milo McLeod was conducting a field survey after the Jocko Lakes fire in 2007 when he came upon one of the biggest surprises of his long career as archaeologist for the Lolo National Forest.
McLeod and his assistant, Anya Minetz, found an old cache with artifact after artifact along the historic Jocko Indian Trail in the Mission Mountains west of Seeley Lake.
Now retired from the Forest Service, McLeod will be talking about the discovery Thursday night in Lolo at the monthly gathering of the Travelers’ Rest Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
The recovered treasure from a site just 70 feet long and 30 feet wide included 18 unfired Spencer rifle cartridges, an ax head inscribed with a 19th-century Massachusetts manufacturing company, and a buffalo hide scraper.
"I've been doing work on the Lolo over 30 years and found a lot of interesting things," McLeod told the Missoulian that year. "But I've never found a site with so much relating to the fur trade era."
Thursday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Lolo Community Center, 12345 U.S. Highway 93. The public is welcome.