Crow Agency in Big Horn County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
1984 Archeological Survey
Little Bighorn Battleﬁeld
On August 10, 1983 a prairie fire swept over the battlefield, burning nearly 600 acres of dense, thick vegetation. In May and June of 1984 the National Park Service began an unprecedented systematic archeological survey of the Custer Battlefield. Led by archeologists Dr. Douglas D. Scott, NPS, and Dr. Richard A. Fox, Jr., formerly of the University of Calgary, archeologists and volunteers surveyed the battlefield for five weeks locating historical evidence from the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Among the 1,159 artifacts recovered were iron arrow heads, bullets, cartridges, buttons, coins, soldier skeletal remains, boots, military and horse equipment, and personal items of soldiers and warriors. Analysis of the artifacts and remains are important links to the past and provide important clues on the various weapons, tactics, equipment, and movements during the battle. Forensic examination of 7th Cavalry skeletal remains help to humanize the cavalrymen who until now, were just mere statistics and reveals important clues for their identification, height, age, health, and how they died.
Archeological evidence, used in conjunction with accounts of battle participants, placement of soldier bodies, and 7th Cavalry and warrior markers, helps us to reconstruct the battle. Additional archeological surveys were conducted here and
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 45° 34.237′ N, 107° 25.693′ W. Marker is in Crow Agency, Montana, in Big Horn County. Marker is on Little Bighorn Battlefield Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Crow Agency MT 59022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peace Through Unity (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Bighorn Indian Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Wooden Leg Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Seventh Cavalry Horse Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Companies C & E (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Markers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crow Agency.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph of archeologists working on Last Stand Hill. There are also
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.