Lake Sharpe - Big Bend Dam: Archeology, History, Geology


The Inter-Agency Archeological Salvage Program was organized to preserve and interpret the paleontological, archeological, and historic remains scheduled for destruction by federal water control and hydroelectric projects. The program is ad­ ministered by the U. S. National Park Service with the advice and active participation of the Smithsonian Institution. Federal funds provide support for much of the work, but state, local, and even private monies have been utilized.

The excavation and recording of historic and prehistoric sites is but one aspect of the program. The material objects re­ covered, artifacts such as arrow points, pottery, military insignia, and the like, are preserved in the U. S. National Museum, in specialized museums of the National Park Service, or in the repositories of the participating states. Here they are reminders of the past—public property, equally available to all.

The Inter-Agency Archeological Salvage Program operates over the entire United States. The Missouri Basin includes approximately one-sixth of the land area of the continental United States, exclusive of Alaska. Ten states - Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, fall within the boundaries of the basin. Six major dams have been built along the main stem, and innumerable smaller projects have affected tributary streams.

Cite this Record

Lake Sharpe - Big Bend Dam: Archeology, History, Geology. John J. Hoffman, W. W. Caldwell, R. B. Johnson, G. H. Smith. 1967 ( tDAR id: 73083) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8JQ134K

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: -100.581; min lat: 43.499 ; max long: -98.794; max lat: 44.549 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Anne Vawser

Contributor(s): Richard B. Johnston; Warren W. Caldwell; John J. Hoffman; Richard E. Jensen; Richard B. Johnston; G. Hubert Smith; J. L. Livingston

Collaborator(s): Army Corps of Engineers; National Park Service

Prepared By(s): River Basin Surveys, Smithsonian Institution

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 925086

NADB citation id number(s): 000000116390


General Note: Multiple tDAR resources were created in the past by the National Archaeological Database. All useful and important information has been combined into this current resource.

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