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American Plains and Midwest Culture History and Archaeology

Culture history, archaeological sites, and other information related to the past of the middle portion of the United States.
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Office of the State Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society
State agency dedicated to the preservation and publication of archaeological research in Wisconsin.

Central Wisconsin Archaeology Center
From U. Wisconsin at Stevens Point; conducts archaeological research and trains students.

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Governmental office that supports and administers archaeological research in the state.

Bone Bank Archaeological Project (Indiana)
A late prehistoric Native American village site (Mississippian Caborn-Welborn culture, 1400-1700 AD) on the banks of the Wabash River; excavations by Cheryl and Patrick Munson at Indiana University.

Arkansas Archeological Survey
Conducts research in Arkansas and Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Arkansas Archeological Society
The amateur and professional association for archaeologists and fans in Arkansas.

An Architectural Puzzle in a Soybean Field
A humongous deep oval circle in a soybean field in Iowa leaves a mystified impression on a handful of archaeologists.

A Brief Bibliography on the Plains Archaic
A brief bibliography of journal articles and books on archaeology of the Plains archaic.

Cahokia: Domination and Ideology in the Mississippian World
Cahokia, occupied from about AD 1000%u20131600, held at its height somewhere in the range of 10,000%u201318,000 people, situated in the curve of the alluvial flats where the Mississippi River meets the Missouri, called the American Bottom.

Camping with the Sioux
From the Smithsonian Institution, the field diary of ethnologist and writer Alice Fletcher as she visited the Omaha, Santee, Ponca, Rosebud, and Yankton reservations and Fort Randall in September and October of 1881.

Deep Cave Art: A Book Review
Deep Cave Art, a new book by Robert Boshardt from Prairie Smoke Press, presents new findings on the deep cave art of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, specifically that found in Tainter and Larsen Caves.

Electronic Archaeology at South Dakota
Educators, archaeologists, and Native Americans have together and separately been innovators of using Internet technology to communicate information to the public. Here is a sampling of the exciting ways South Dakota makes archaeology come alive on the web.

Medicine Wheel FAQ
From the Provincial Museum of Alberta, a discussion of Medicine Wheels.

Plains Anthropological Society
An eclectic group of archaeologists, ethnohistorians, ethnologists, linguists, physical anthropologists, and geoscientists concerned with the Great Plains of the US; includes a journal and annual conference.

From the Institute for Minnesota Archaeology's From Site to Story website, background and links to several site descriptions in the state of Minnesota.

The Gottschall Rockshelter
Gottschall Rockshelter, a cave located in the upper Mississippi River watershed of southwestern Wisconsin, was a religious shrine to an ancestor cult, used in this manner beginning about 300 AD up until the early 19th century.

The Marshalltown Ball Court: A Midwestern Mystery
A large oval depression suspiciously resembling a Maya ball court puzzles archaeologists by being located in the middle of a midwest North American corn field.

The Oneota Culture of the American Midwest

The Oneota: Prehistoric Farmers of the American Midwest
We believe Oneota artifacts are creations of Late Woodland indigenous peoples, perhaps influenced by contact with people from the large prehistoric town of Cahokia, in Illinois across the Mississippi from what is now St. Louis.

World Atlas: American Plains and Midwest
The original web page in the World Atlas of Archaeology on the Web on the American Great Plains and Midwest.

Mississippian Culture
The Mississippian culture is what archaeologists call the precolumbian horticulturalists and mound builders, who were spread across the American midwest and southeast, between about AD 1000-1550.

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