Appraisal of the Archeological Resources of the Oahe Reservoir, North and South Dakota

Author(s): Paul L. Cooper

Year: 1953


The present report is intended as a brief, non-technical statement of the archeological resources known to exist in the Oahe Reservoir area (for information relative to the results of archeological research in the area to date, reference should be made to the list of literature cited at the end of this report). It is based primarily upon information collected by Missouri Basin Project reconnaissance parties 1948-1952, but use has been made of various other resources. During the late summer of 1948 a party surveyed the area on the West side of the river between the dam site and the Cheyenne River and excavated small test trenches in nine sites in the upper portion of this area. In 1949, 1950 and 1951 short periods were spent in extending the survey to include the east bank of the river. A party spent most of the summer of 1952 bringing the reconnaissance near completion.

The first Europeans to reach the project area found sedentary agricultural peoples living in large fortified villages situated on the immediate banks of the Missouri River.

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Appraisal of the Archeological Resources of the Oahe Reservoir, North and South Dakota. Paul L. Cooper. 1953 ( tDAR id: 17832) ; doi:10.6067/XCV89P33S7

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Arikara Cheyenne Historic Mandan

Ceramic Chipped Stone Human Remains

Site Name
32BL1 32BL201 32BL5 32BL6 32BL7 32EM1 32EM10 32EM11 32EM12 32EM2 32EM201 32EM202 32EM203 32EM204 32EM206 32EM207 32EM208 32EM209 32EM3 32EM4 32EM5 32EM6 32EM7 32EM9 32MO1 Show More

Site Type
Artifact Scatter Burial Pit Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex Encampment Hamlet / Village Isolated Burial Mound / Earthwork Palisade Petroglyph Pit House / Earth Lodge Tent Ring / Tipi Ring

Spatial Coverage

min long: -102.322; min lat: 44.127 ; max long: -99.073; max lat: 48.176 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Anne Vawser

Sponsor(s): South Dakota SHPO, Vermillion, SD

Prepared By(s): Smithsonian Institution; Missouri Basin Project

Submitted To(s): River Basin Recreation Survey, Region Two Office, National Park Service

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 821700

NADB citation id number(s): 000000100793


General Note: Submitted to: South Dakota SHPO, Vermillion, SD

General Note: Sent from: Smithsonian Institution. Missouri Basin Project

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