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Missouri Basin Project, River Basin Surveys, Smithsonian Institution, Summary of Progress from the Beginning, In 1946 Through April 1952

Author(s): Missouri Basin Project, Smithsonian Institution

Year: 1952

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This document summarizes the history and development of the Missouri Basin Project and Inter-Agency Archeological and Paleontological Salvage Program; created to meet the problem posed by the threat to scientific and historical data by the dam construction program in the Missouri Basin and elsewhere. The Missouri Basin water development program of the Bureau of Reclamation and Corps of Engineers has and will continue to inundate numerous sites on which the aboriginal inhabitants of the region lived and buried their dead. Since the Indians lived almost exclusively along the streams, where timber, water, and arable land were available, creation of reservoirs is a serious threat to this kind of scientific data. This is especially true where considerable portions of stream valleys are drowned, as will be the case along the main stem of the Missouri River from the head of Fort Pick Reservoir to the Gavinas Point Dam. The Oahe Reservoir alone will destroy at least 250 sites and will wipe out most of the traces of the former homes of the village tribes which dominated the area when white man first visited it. Reservoirs on the tributaries will also result in the loss of valuable archeological data, often relating to the very early occupation of the Plains. Valuable fossil deposits will be lost likewise.

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Missouri Basin Project, River Basin Surveys, Smithsonian Institution, Summary of Progress from the Beginning, In 1946 Through April 1952. Missouri Basin Project, Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Institution, River Basin Surveys. 1952 ( tDAR id: 391162) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8125TM6


Investigation Types
Archaeological Overview

Geographic Keywords
Alcova Reservoir Alzada Reservoir Amherst Reservoir Anchor Reservoir Antelope Reservoir Apex Reservoir Ashton Reservoir Badwater Reservoir Baldhill Reservoir Beaver City Reservoir Bellwood Reservoir Bison Reservoir Bixby Reservoir Blue Horse Reservoir Blunt Reservoir Bonny Reservoir Box Butte Reservoir Boysen Reservoir Brenner Reservoir Brewster Reservoir Bridger Reservoir Broncho Reservoir Buffalo Bill Reservoir Buffalo Creek Reservoir Bull Creek Reservoir Cairo Reservoir Cannonball Reservoir Canyon Ferry Reservoir Cedar Bluff Reservoir Cherry Creek Reservoir Clark Canyon Reservoir Colwell Reservoir Crookston Reservoir Crosby Reservoir Cushing Reservoir Davis Creek Reservoir Deerfield Reservoir Des Lacs Reservoir Devils Lake Project Dickinson Reservoir Du Noir Reservoir Edgemont Reservoir Eli Alternate Reservoir Enders Reservoir Ericson Reservoir Fort Randall Reservoir Garrison Reservoir Gavins Point Reservoir Glendo Reservoir Glen Elder Reservoir Green Grass Reservoir Harlan County Reservoir Heart Butte Reservoir Hobson Reservoir Hunter Mountain Reservoir Jamestown Reservoir Kanopolis Reservoir Kelley Reservoir Keyhole Reservoir Kilgore Reservoir Kirwin Reservoir Kortes Reservoir Lake Solitude Reservoir Landon Reservoir Little Bighorn Reservoir Long Pine Reservoir Loretto Reservoir Lovewell Reservoir Meadville Reservoir Medicine Creek Reservoir Medicine Lake Reservoir Merritt Reservoir Middle Fork Reservoir Middle Loup Division Mission Reservoir Moorhead Reservoir Mullen Reservoir Narrows Reservoir Newland Reservoir Nilan Reservoir North Platte Project Norton Reservoir Oahe Reservoir Onion Flat Reservoir Oregon Basin Reservoir Pactola Reservoir Parks Reservoir Philip Reservoir Pioneer Reservoir Plum Creek Reservoir Ponca Creek Reservoir Raft Lake Reservoir Red Gulch Reservoir Red Willow Reservoir Rockville Reservoir Rockyford Reservoir Rosedale Reservoir Ross Fork Reservoir Shadehill Reservoir Shell Creek Reservoir Sheyenne Reservoir Smith Reservoir Snowy Reservoir Soral Creek Reservoir South Fork Reservoir Sparks Reservoir Stanford Reservoir Sun Butte Reservoir Sunlight Reservoir Swanson Lake Reservoir Sweetgrass Reservoir Taylor Fork Reservoir Terry Reservoir Thacher Reservoir Thief Creek Tiber Reservoir Triangle Park Reservoir Tuttle Creek Reservoir Webster Reservoir Wells Reservoir Whitetail Reservoir Willow Park Reservoir Wilson Reservoir Wray Reservoir Yellowtail Reservoir

Spatial Coverage

min long: -123.75; min lat: 29.78 ; max long: -89.912; max lat: 49.337 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contributor(s): Missouri Basin Project, Smithsonian Institution ; River Basin Surveys, Smithsonian Institution ; National Park Service

Repository(s): Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

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