Huff Indian Village Dates to AD 1443-1465
Huff Indian Village State Historic Site
Archeologists, being human, often see what they expect to see in an archeological site. Houses at Huff Village are nearly all rectangular in form, and consequently are marked by an oblong or non-circular depression of the ground surface. Nonetheless, several maps of the site made between 1908 and 1919 depicted only circular house depressions at Huff Village. This was because all standing earthlodges known from eyewitness historic accounts were circular in shape, and rectangular houses had not yet been discovered by excavation in North Dakota. Later maps gave more accurate depictions.
Archeologists assign Huff Village to the Plains Village pattern, meaning peoples who resided primarily in large communities along the Missouri River and practiced a combination of farming and intensive bison hunting. Huff Village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Lower left: Early maps of Huff Village
Upper middle: Huff Village aerial showing planned arrangement of houses inside the fortification ditch
Lower middle: Speculative reconstruction of an early Plains Village rectangular lodge
Upper right: 3-D image of Huff Village in its setting on a Missouri River terrace
Lower right: Map of Huff Village showing the 1938-1939,1959, and 1960 excavations
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans.
Location. 46° 37.121′ N, 100° 38.657′ W. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Huff Indian Village State Historic Site (here, next to this marker); Village Fortifications and Human Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); Archaeological Excavations of Houses (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Rice (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Founding of Fort Rice (approx. 7.9 miles away); Fort Rice After General Sully's Expeditions (approx. 7.9 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 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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