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Beyer, Morgan C. 2016. Metal and Glass: An Investigation of Possible Historic Period Native American Sites in Wind Cave National Park. Unpublished Masters Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Black Hills region was one of the last areas of the American West where Native tribes were able to escape the intervention of the federal government. Because of this and the cultural ties that many Plains Indian tribes hold to the area, this region would seem to be one where non-reservation historic period Native American sites are abundant. The goals of this research were to identify markers that could be utilized by archaeologists to differentiate Native American sites and Euro American sites from the same historic time period in the Black Hills Region, positively identify the occupation of certain sites within the boundaries of Wind Cave National Park, and determine if metal detection and pedestrian survey could be used effectively in the field to achieve these two goals. The investigation was comprised of both historical research and archaeological fieldwork that included metal detector survey and artifact collection. Findings, unfortunately, indicate little about the possible occupation of these sites, though there is hope for future research on these and other similar sites.
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