Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.
Bureau of American Ethnology
87th Congress, 1st Session
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Published as a series sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology, the “River Basin Surveys Papers” are a collection of archeological investigations focused on areas now flooded by the completion of various dam projects in the United States. The River Basin Surveys Papers (numbered 1-39) were mostly published in bundles, with 5-6 papers in each bundle. In collaboration with the United States (US) National Park Service and the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US Department of the Interior, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Smithsonian Institution pulled archeological and paleontological remains from several sites prior to losing access to the sites due to flooding. The Smithsonian Institution calls this project the Inter-Agency Archeological Salvage Program.
Paper number 30 focuses on an area near Jamestown, North Dakota, on the west side of the James River. Excavation of the sites in this area occurred between 1946 and 1954. Two sites are discussed in detail: the Hintz site and the Joos site, named after Oscar Hintz and Leroy Joos who were identified as the respective landowners at the time of excavation. Excavation of the sites in this area yielded earth lodges, minor structures including a sweat lodge, eagle-trap pits, pottery, arrow points, pendants, trade goods, tools, stone objects, bone and tooth objects, shell objects, plant and animal remains. The author posits that this area may have been inhabited by the Hidatsa tribe. These sites were flooded by the Jamestown Dam. The paper contains photographs, illustrations, text figures, and maps.
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Hidatsa, Archeological Salvage Program, Stutsman Focus, Hintz site, Joos site, excavation, anthropology, ethnology, earth lodges, sweat lodge, eagle-trap pits, pottery, arrow points, artifacts, pendants, stone, bone, tooth, shell
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Hidatsa Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, US National Park Service, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Department of the Interior, US Army Corps of Engineers
R.P. Wheeler, Frank H. H. Roberts Jr., Oscar Hintz, Leroy Joos
Government Printing Office
American Politics | Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law | Indigenous Studies | Law and Politics | Native American Studies | United States History
Wheeler, R. P.. River Basin Surveys Papers No. 30: The Stutsman Focus: An Aboriginal Culture Complex in the Jamestown Reservoir Area, North Dakota, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1963. https://commons.und.edu/indigenous-gov-docs/71/.
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