Publications in Salvage Archeology, 8: The Two Teeth Site


The Two Teeth Site (39BF204) is situated on the left, or northeast, bank of the Missouri River in Buffalo County, South Dakota (Fig. 1; Pl. la), about three miles west of Fort Thompson, the administrative center of the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. The site lies on a minor terrace a few feet above the heavily wooded flood plain that, prior to inundation by the Big Bend Reservoir, formed an important element in the regional ecology. The area of occupation shows negligible relief but it has a gradual slope, rising from 1365 feet above sea level at the riverward edge, to 1390 feet at the base of the terrace to the northeast. The Two Teeth Site (Fig. 2; Pl. 2a) is oval in plan, measuring approximately 1,700 feet from north to south. The Brule Landing Road divides the area into northern and southern parts and is a convenient reference for descriptive purposes. North of the road the unplowed grassy surface rises gently until it reaches the foot of a high terrace. To the north and northeast of the Two Teeth Site, on the surface of the high terrace is the Medicine Crow Site ( 39BF2), excavated by the River Basin Surveys of the Smithsonian Institution (Deetz 19 65 ). In Area A, three deeply buried lithic components were found and in Area B, there were three ceramic components. Area C held a component closely resembling the Two Teeth Site in content. The Smithsonian Institution also excavated burial mounds ( 39BF224 and 39BF270) farther to the southeast on the same terrace (Neuman 1960:78-92).

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Publications in Salvage Archeology, 8: The Two Teeth Site. Carlyle S. Smith, Alfred E. Johnson, Jerome E. Petsche, Warren W. Caldwell. Publications In Salvage Archeology ,8. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. 1968 ( tDAR id: 18411) ; doi:10.6067/XCV84B326X

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min long: -99.682; min lat: 43.935 ; max long: -99.143; max lat: 44.175 ;

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Publications in Salvage Archaeology(s): 8

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