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Kelly Dixon, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Montana, left, describes the findings of a class she leads doing an archaeological survey of downtown Missoula in February 2013. With Dixon is Nikki Manning, a graduate student in archaeology who is part of the project.

KURT WILSON/Missoulian

The University of Montana’s Department of Anthropology and the Montana Archaeological Society will celebrate April as Montana Archaeology Month by presenting lectures on the historic and prehistoric past of the state.

Lectures are free and open to the public and will take place in Missoula, Lolo and Hamilton.

The Missoula schedule is:

• Monday, April 7: UM anthropology associate professor Doug MacDonald will present “Archaeology of the Snake and Lewis Wild and Scenic Rivers, Yellowstone National Park” from 7 to 8 p.m. in University Center Room 332.

• Sunday, April 13: UM anthropology associate professor Kelly Dixon and her students will present “History in Your Hands” from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mercantile Building, located on the corner of Higgins Avenue and Front Street.

• Saturday, April 19: UM librarian Helen Keremedjiev will present “Who Cares About the Past?” from noon to 1 p.m. in UM’s Mansfield Library, Room 512.

The Lolo event is Saturday, April 26. Fort Owen State Park manager Loren Flynn will present a talk on the archaeology of Lewis and Clark from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Travelers’ Rest State Park.

Additional talks will be presented at the Montana Archaeological Society’s annual conference Saturday, April 12, at the Bitterroot River Inn Conference Center in Hamilton. The conference costs $10 for students and $35 for non-students. A ticket to the conference banquet costs $25 and includes a catered meal by Caffe Firenze of Florence.

MacDonald and Lolo National Forest archaeologist Sydney Bacon will present a lecture at 1 p.m. examining the archaeology of the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Sara Scott, archaeologist with the Montana State Parks and UM doctoral candidate, will present the conference banquet keynote address on the archaeology of Pictograph Cave at 7 p.m.

For a full schedule of Montana Archaeology Month events, visit mtarchaeologicalsociety.org/media/ArchMonthEvents2014.pdf.

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