archeology

Nebraska has an archeological record of a few Siouan-Speaking tribes (Omaha, Ponca, Oto, Ioway, Missouria) that lived in earthlodge villages. 

The Pawnee, who lived widely across Nebraska, are represented in a large collection of the state's archeology. 

Communal pre-colonial Indigenous burial site protected in Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.

Since the late 1980s, History Nebraska has repatriated over 1200 sets of human remains and many thousand associated funerary objects to over 35 Indigenous nations and tribes across the Great Plains.

Missouria, Oto, and Ponca leaders.

While Nebraska is known for its remarkable record of Pawnee archeology, the state also is home to an important archeological record of tribes known collectively as Sedentary Siouans

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In 2017 archeologists from History Nebraska surveyed a section of land near Ogallala at the request of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 

Artists Reconstruction Council House

Rarely does archeology resemble cinematic depictions, but in this instance, archeologists in 1984 did indeed find a secret compartment.

Ash Hollow PD

Ash Hollow State Historical Park is one of the most picturesque of Nebraska’s public parks and home to a diverse and important set of archeological resources spanning at least ten thousand years.

Reconstructed Buildings at the West Ranch

Rock Creek Station became famous in 1861 when James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok shot and killed David McCanles over an unpaid debt owed to McCanles. 

Fort Hartsuff 1951

Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park is located in the North Loup Valley near the town of Elyria. 

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The theme of Archeology Month 2021 is Archeology in Nebraska State Parks. While Ft. Atkinson and Ft. Robinson have seen the most archeological work, we start in Nebraska’s oldest park: Chadron State Park.

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