National Archeology Day at Knife River Indian Villages NHS
Contact: Dorothy Cook, 701-745-3300
Stanton, ND:Join the staff at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site for an exciting afternoon of activities on Saturday, October 20, 2012.Activities will be held between 1:00-4:00 Central Daylight Time at the park visitor center.
People have always had a special connection to the land at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The stratified remains of Hidatsa earthlodge villages tell the story of the establishment of large Missouri River communities that centered on agriculture, hunting, and trade. The sweeping changes brought by the Homestead Act incorporated the varied history of new settlers on the landscape. Today the National Park Service preserves and protects exceptional archeological resources. Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site partners with federal, state, county, and private individuals that work to preserve the nation's archeological heritage. New stories and facts emerge with the use of innovative technologies such as remote sensing, high resolution laser guided imaging (LiDAR), and geographic information systems. Archeologists combine data from these new techniques with the historic information gained from oral histories and museum collections to better understand the dynamics of changing landscapes and to provide fresh perspectives on the history of Northern Plains peoples.
Celebration of National Archeology Day Activities include:
1:00-2:00 CDT Ranger guided tour of park museum collection: A chance to see archeological and natural items that are seldom displayed.
2:00-2:45 CDT Presentation from Midwest Archeological Center Archeologist Jay Sturdevant, via real-time videoconference from Homestead National Monument of America: Creating Landscapes of Change: Understanding the Archeological Landscapes of Villages, Homesteads, and Park Preservation at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
3:00-3:45 CDT Recent Archaeological Investigations at Fort Clark State Historic Site (32ME2) presented by Archaeologist Tim Reed of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
1:00- 4:00 CDT Kid's Activities: Children can complete the Junior Ranger Archeology booklet and receive a Junior Ranger Archeology badge.
Did You Know?
Some grasses should be basketball players? The big blue stem that grows in the park can get as tall as 8 feet!