Village Fortifications and Human Conflict
Huff Indian Village State Historic Site
Today the ditch is about 15 feet wide and about 2 feet deep. When this village was occupied, the ditch was about 5 feet deep. Dirt removed from the ditch was thrown inside, and the posts of the palisade wall were set in this dirt.
Construction of the fortification system involved a huge amount of labor as well as heavy use of local timber resources. Excavation of several sections of the palisade wall shows that the posts were about eight inches
Magnetic readings were taken along a section of the village fortification. This map of the magnetic readings shows numerous circular and oval shapes three to six feet in diameter. They occur just inside the village's palisade wall. They are probably deep pits that were used for storage of corn and other garden crops.
Upper left: Huff Village aerial photo
Lower left: Excavation of the palisade wall in 1960 showing post holes
Lower middle: Cross section of the fortification ditch
Upper right: Huff Village 3-D image showing the planned fortification along the village perimeter
Lower right: Magnetic survey overlaid on aerial photo of Huff Village
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans.
Location. 46° 37.102′ N, 100° 38.633′ W. Marker is in Huff, North Dakota, in Morton County. Marker can
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Huff Indian Village Dates to AD 1443-1465 (within shouting distance of this marker); Huff Indian Village State Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Archaeological Excavations of Houses (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Rice (approx. 7.8 miles away); The Founding of Fort Rice (approx. 7.8 miles away); Fort Rice After General Sully's Expeditions (approx. 7.8 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 14 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Project (approx. 14 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huff.
Also see . . . Huff Village State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 7, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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