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Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump was discovered in 1961 by John Brumley as he was exploring the bluffs near Havre, Montana. John was only 14 at the time. The Milk River Archaeological Society conducted some initial excavations and discovered the significance of the site.

In the late 1960's and 1970's the site was further excavated and developed by the Montana State Archaeological Society and the Milk River Archaeological Society under the auspices of the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum and Hill County. One of the early excavators was Les Davis, then working on his Doctoral degree, and former Curator of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. Many excavations from the late 1970's and on were conducted by now archaeologist John Brumley.
In 1992 John and Anna Brumley took over day-to-day management of the site from the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum. They continue to develop access to the site and interpretive material for the site to enhance the visitors' experience and increase accessibility. In 2012 the site became handicapped accessible.
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