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March 07, 2013


Doug Scott, an anthropologist who is world-renowned for applying forensic firearms analysis techniques to historic battlefields, will discuss the results of three years of historical and archaeological investigation into the Battle of the Rosebud at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at The University of Montana Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

In his lecture, “Guns of the Rosebud: Using Firearm Identification to Determine Gun Types at the Battle of the Rosebud,” Scott will detail his analysis of the battlefield. The battle took place June 17, 1876, in modern-day Big Horn County in southeastern Montana, just eight days before the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The aftermath of Rosebud left U.S. troops under the command of Gen. George Crook unable to assist Gen. George Armstrong Custer at Little Bighorn.

Scott is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has written several articles on battlefield archaeology, including analysis of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Also at the event, UM anthropology graduate student Tom Milter will present a historical primer on the battle and the University’s 2011 and 2012 fieldwork titled “History and Archaeological Interpretation of the Battle of the Rosebud.”

The lecture is sponsored by the UM Department of Anthropology and is free and open to the public. For more information call UM Associate Professor Kelly Dixon at 612-247-6414 or email





Contact: Kelly Dixon, associate professor, UM Department of Anthropology, 612-247-6414,