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Bureau of American Ethnology


87th Congress, 2d 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 37 discusses The Good Solider Site, located in the Big Bend Reservoir Area in South Dakota. The author refers to this area as a “prehistoric Indian camp site.” The site was first investigated in 1956 then again by the present author in 1958. The author estimates that at least one area of the site was inhabited no later than 1200 A.D. The author does not indicate which tribes inhabited this area. The paper offers details about artifacts yielded from the site, including pottery, chipped stone artifacts, ground stone artifacts, and bone artifacts. This paper includes photographs, illustrations, and text figures.

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Archeological Salvage Program, Big Bend Reservoir, Big Bend Dam, Good Soldier site, excavation, anthropology, ethnology, pottery, artifacts, ground stone, chipped stone, bone, 13th century, thirteenth century

Organizations Referenced

Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, US National Park Service, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Department of the Interior, US Army Corps of Engineers

People Referenced

Robert W. Neuman, Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.


Government Printing Office


American Politics | Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law | Indigenous Studies | Law and Politics | Native American Studies | United States History

Recommended Citation

Neuman, Robert W. River Basin Surveys Papers, No. 37: The Good Soldier Site (39LM238), Big Bend Reservoir, Lyman County, South Dakota, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1962.

River Basin Surveys Papers, No. 37: The Good Soldier Site (39LM238), Big Bend Reservoir, Lyman County, South Dakota



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