Open-area excavations at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, South Dakota (A.D. 1000–1150): New interpretations of site function from interdwelling areas
Authors: Karr, Landon P.; Outram, Alan K.; Hannus, L. Adrien
Source: Journal of Field Archaeology, Volume 36, Number 4, November 2011 , pp. 281-288(8)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Excavations at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village (A.D. 1000–1150), an Initial Middle Missouri period Plains earthen lodge village site in eastern South Dakota, revealed new data regarding the lifeways and cultural systems of its prehistoric inhabitants. While extensive excavations had been conducted at the site and at a large number of other Middle Missouri sites prior to the present project, our open-area approach revealed new and significantly different information. New features in the areas between the dwellings were uncovered, features that are rarely studied in the context of the Middle Missouri cultural tradition. Other finds included Mississippian-influenced ceramics, Avonlea projectile points, and ceremonial goods that indicate long-distance cultural interaction. The discovery of large, complex features in the interdwelling areas of the site changes our understanding of Middle Missouri lifeways and settlement structure.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-11-01