"Scurvy on the Great Plains:" Archaeology, Geophysics, and Stories of Fort Rice

Author(s): Andrew J Robinson

Year: 2020


This is a paper/report submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

During the mid-1800s, the United States Government ordered the construction of military forts across the Northern Plains. Constructed in 1864, Fort Rice become one of the first military posts in what is now the State of North Dakota. The fort was a vital military instillation through its expansion by the First US Volunteers, also known as Galvanized Yankees (where most died of scurvy), the signing of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie establishing the Great Sioux Reservation, and for the early Yellowstone expeditions to survey the Northern Pacific Railroad. Since the fort’s abandonment in 1878, the memory of Fort Rice has faded. The intent of this paper is to restore to life the memory and commemoration of this site through archaeological, magnetometer geophysical survey, and compelling stories of the lost people of Fort Rice.

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"Scurvy on the Great Plains:" Archaeology, Geophysics, and Stories of Fort Rice. Andrew J Robinson. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457202)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 1028