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Near Stanton in Mercer County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Middens

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2020
1. Middens Marker
Captions: (bottom left) Bison hunt from a painting by Karl Bodmer; (right) Archeological cross-section of a midden. By focusing on everyday debris, you can begin to picture village activity yet miss the rich ceremonial life. For that you must rely on maintains and sketches by 19th-century artists George Catlin and Karl Bodmer. Catlin visited Awatixa Village, the nest site along the trail.
Inscription.  To imagine these people's daily lives, consider their trash. Molehill-like mounds two to four feet high near the village edge are middens or garbage heaps packed with broken pottery, bone tools, and flaked stone. Shattered buffalo bones are the most frequent objects archeologists have unearthed there.
Though agrarian and river-bed, the Awatixa (Ah-wah-TEE-khah) still depended on bison for meat, hides, and bone tools. Hunters brought back the butchered bios and villagers crusher the large leg bones to extract marrow fat for grease.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Parks Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans.
 
Location. 47° 20.064′ N, 101° 23.018′ W. Marker is near Stanton, North Dakota, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from County Road 37 near 6th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling north. This marker is located on the Knife River Indian Villages Village Trail. Touch for map. Marker
Middens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2020
2. Middens Marker
is at or near this postal address: 546 County Road 37, Stanton ND 58571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Awatixa Xi'e Village (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hidatsa Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewis & Clark at the Knife River Indian Villages (approx. 0.2 miles away); Feeding the River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Awatixa Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cutbank Archeaology (sic) (approx. 0.4 miles away); River-Centered (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hidatsa Village (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanton.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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