"Site unseen: Floodwaters buried a treasure trove at Marmes Rockshelter": This Seattle Times article talks about the Marmes Rockshelter, near the Palouse River, which contains evidence of continuous human habitation for over 11,000 years. The site, and likely others like it, were covered by the Snake River's Lower Monumental Dam, and some are advocating for the dam's removal to ensure the survival of endangered wild salmon. If that should happen, the sites will be accessible once again. But then what? Archaeologists are eager to dig, but many tribal members object to what they see as grave robbing. (A Montana-based unit exploring similar topics and moral issues is "Project Archaeology: Investigating the First Peoples, the Clovis Child Burial").
Last Best News reports on a new book that celebrates Montana's one-room schools. Called Chasing Time: Last of the Active One-Room Schools in Montana, the book document twenty-six of Montana's remaining sixty plus one-room schools with photographs and feature stories. Rural schools make a great topic or study. Among those working to document the state's rural schools (including those that were closed long ago) is the Montana Preservation Alliance. Learn more here.
While reading up on grizzly bears to rework the lesson plans for our state symbols footlocker, I came across Mountain West News's post "Coexisting with Grizzlies," which asks "Can Yellowstone Grizzlies coexist with people?" I didn't end up using it but I found it a thought-provoking read. How about that for a Geo-Inquiry question?
P.S. I hope you've had time to check out our new online exhibit "“Appropriate, Curious, & Rare: Montana History Object by Object.” And I hope you've VOTED on which of the objects featured in the exhibit should be chosen to participate in our Montana Madness competition in March, during which these pieces of history will compete March Madness–style for the title of Montana’s Most Awesome Object. We need your help selecting the Sweet Sixteen. If not, there's still time. Vote here!