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Buffalo Jump

Description

Wahkpa Chu’gn is a prehistoric buffalo jump dating back to 2,000 years before present. Peoples of the Besant, Avonlea, and Old Women’s/Saddle Butte archaeological complexes are represented in the site area. These were the primary prehistoric occupants of the area and region for the last two millennia and this site is generally recognized as the best-known site regionally documenting those cultures over that period of time. 
 
On your tour you will view cultural features of the extensive remains of a wooden bison corral structure ceremonially incorporating bison skulls in its construction, a multiple stone boiling pit and roasting pit features and layers of bone to depths up to 20 feet.
 
One hour guided tours of the site are offered daily from June 1st through Labor Day.  First tour starts at 9:00 am and last one at 4:00 pm. Visitors view artifacts remain in place as where they were discovered.  At the end of each tour visitors are taught how to throw the “atlatl” which was the weapon of choice for the earliest peoples at the site, the Besant.  The site is handicapped accessible and off season tours are available weather permitting by calling 406-265-6417 or 406-945-3503.
 
Also on site is the Wahkpa Chu’gn Interpretative Center where artifacts from the site are available for public viewing.

http://www.buffalojump.org

Daily Tours from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Sunday-Saturday), June 1 - Labor Day at Site entrance behind Holiday Village Shopping Center.
Special Tours upon request  For more information call (406) 265-6417, 945-3503.
Admission Rates:

Adults (18-64 yrs.)         $10.00
Seniors (65+)                $  9.00
Jr. (13-17 yrs.)              $  7.00
Students (6-12 yrs.)       $  5.00
Under 6                         FREE
Group Rate (10+)           $  7.00
School Tours                  $  4.00

Location: Behind Holiday Village Mall (Hwy 2 West) overlooking the Milk River. 
A 2,000 year old bison kill and campsite. See extensive archaeological materials exposed for public viewing throughout the site.

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