Material Culture of Missouri River


“Sometimes during high water the Missouri River will carve away one of its banks like an old man turning out his pockets to bring things to light — scrapers and knives made of Knife River flint, hoes and squash knives made of bison bone, 19th century toy horses made of pewter or cast iron.

And U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff archaeologists are there afterward to pick up the pieces, or at least to assess what’s been uncovered, the Capital Journal reported ( ).

Richard Harnois, the senior field archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Omaha District’s Oahe Project Office, said he and field archaeologist Megan Maier work in an area from about Yankton to Bismarck, N.D. Though they might be called on for archaeological expertise anywhere in South Dakota, much of their work is along the Missouri River.


But their main job isn’t the relentless search for artifacts…

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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