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Beacon Island (2002-2009)

The Beacon Island site is a Paleoindian bison kill and processing locality located on Lake Sakakawea in western North Dakota. The site, used by people of the Agate Basin culture between 11,750 and 12,800 years ago, contains a layer of butchered animal bones along with stone tools, flaking debris, and the remnants of at least one fire hearth. PCRG and the State Historical Society of North Dakota conducted excavations there in 2002 and 2006. Laboratory analyses of faunal remains, artifacts, and other materials are currently underway.

Ahler, Stanley A. (editor), with 9 contributing authors

 

2003

Resurvey and Test Excavations at Beacon Island in Lake Sakakawea, Mountrail County, North Dakota. Research Contribution No. 54. Submitted to the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck.


Chief Looking’s Village (2008-2009)

Chief Looking’s Village is an earthlodge settlement located on a narrow, flat-topped ridge overlooking the Missouri River, just inside the city limits of Bismarck, North Dakota. PCRG and the State Historical Society of North Dakota carried out a geophysical survey and limited test excavation program at the site in 2008. This work will provide a more complete picture of the overall layout of the village and document its current condition. Artifacts and other materials are currently being studied to learn more about the age of the settlement.


Larson Village (2006-2008)

Larson Village is an earthlodge settlement located on the east bank of the Missouri River, about 20 km north of Bismarck, North Dakota. For nearly 300 years, from the late 1400s until the late 1700s, Larson was one of the principal communities in the region. During 2006 and 2007, PCRG and the State Historical Society of North Dakota conducted geophysical surveys, limited test excavations, and a program of systematic coring in the village. The team also used a robotic total station to create a digital elevation model (DEM) of the entire site.

Mitchell, Mark D. (editor), with 4 contributing authors

 

2008

Archaeological and Geophysical Investigations During 2007 at Larson Village, Burleigh County, North Dakota. Research Contribution No. 81. Submitted to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.


Mitchell, Mark D. (editor), with 9 contributing authors

 

2007

Geophysical Survey and Test Excavation During 2006 at Larson Village, Burleigh County, North Dakota. Research Contribution No. 80. Submitted to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.