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Les Davis Film update, May 2018

In April I attended the 2018 Montana Archaeological Society meeting in Billings and screened a new trailer for the Les Davis Film.  You can view the trailer below.

The trailer explores the world renowned MacHaffie site a few miles south of Helena, Montana, one of Les' long-term paleoindian projects.  MacHaffie was one of the first stratified paleoindian sites to be excavated in North America in 1951 by Richard Forbis of Columbia University.  Late last summer (2017) Les' wife Pamela Bompart arranged permission from the Archaeological Conservancy to make one last push to "get to the bottom" of MacHaffie.  Les' excavations in the 80s and 90s had been hampered by the high water table right at the Folsom level.  He always felt that the site would go deeper and older.  As a tribute to Les and in the name of Les' dedication to the search for the first Montanans, Patrick Rennie directed the effort along with a number of professional and avocational archaeologists.

The Billings meeting was exciting and stimulating as always and I made progress assembling the complex puzzle that surrounds the life and work of Les Davis.

I continue to do research, collect archival materials and conduct interviews with the people of Montana archaeology.

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