Lookout Cave - Zortman

Located in Phillips County, the cave contains north-central Montanas largest assemblage of pictographs, which, combined with the cultural materials also found there, are of enormous value in understanding the pre-contact cultures of the Northern Plains. The caves twenty identified rock art panels depict paint smears, lines, hand prints, an outline bison at the rear wall of the inner chamber, and more than twenty anthropomorphs. In addition, recovered cultural materials include a large number of stone tools and more than a thousand normally perishable items of wood, feather, shell, and sinew. The composition of the assemblage combined with the remote setting of the site strongly suggests that it does not represent a conventional campsite/habitation site, but instead a ceremonial complex predominantly dating to the Late Prehistoric Period.




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