The “Clovis Child” refers to the 12,600 year-old Anzick Site in Park County— the oldest Clovis-era burial site in North America.  Since it was first discovered in the 1960s, the site and the remains of the child buried there have been the focus of archeological and scientific study, including DNA analysis.  The child’s remains were reburied at the site in 2014, amid controversy centered on the need for tribal consultation prior to the study of the site, the associated artifacts, and the child’s remains.

Funded by a grant from Humanities Montana, the series will be offered to all high school and tribal college students in Montana beginning in October 2020 and will continue through June 2021.  Participants are encouraged to attend all eight one-hour sessions and will:

  • Learn about the 12,600 year-old Anzick Site—the oldest Clovis-era burial site in North America.
  • Learn about the day-to-day work of archaeologists, anthropologists, educators, historians, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and genetic scientists and the skills necessary to become a professional in these fields.
  • Evaluate different viewpoints on studying American Indian remains from genetic scientists, archaeologists, museum specialists, and American Indians.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in career chats with these professionals.
  • Participate in meaningful live presentations and discussion around the themes presented in Project Archaeology: Investigating the First Peoples, The Clovis Child Burial. 

We hope you've enjoyed this webinar series. After each live presentation, we will upload the recording to our YouTube channel. Consider subscribing to our channel so that you will be notified of upcoming programs. 

Thanks go to Humanities Montana, for funding the project, and the Montana Office of Public Instruction for additional support. We're also grateful to their staff and to Montana Historical Society, School Services of Montana, and Extreme History Project staff. 

We appreciate Montana educators and students, especially those pursuing education at tribal colleges, and others who want to know more about the Clovis Child.

The museum thanks our presenters, and Dr. Shane Doyle and Scott Johnson, Yellowstone Productions, for the series' introductory film. Volunteer Diane Chalfant, also a museum board member, is very passionate about the project and has invested a lot of time. Her work is much appreciated! Please contact Karen Reinhart, , for more information about the Yellowstone Gateway Museum and how you can become more involved.

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