Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Anthropology (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Anthropology

Advisor

Kenneth L. Kvamme

Committee Member

Marvin Kay

Second Committee Member

Jesse Casana

Third Committee Member

W. Raymond Wood

Abstract

In 1855 and 1856, military surveyor Gouverneur K. Warren and his assistants produced what was at the time the most accurate map ever made of the Missouri River. This series of highly detailed sketch maps records numerous cultural features and an extraordinary level of environmental detail, making it an invaluable resource for research on the history of the region. This paper represents the first attempt to comprehensively interpret the content of these maps, identifying the features recorded where possible and assessing the probability of archaeological preservation of those not previously known. A subset of the recorded environmental data, from roughly the Cheyenne River to the Cannonball River, is also studied by comparison with the distribution of major archaeological sites from the preceding 150 years.

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