Archaeological Reconnaissance in the 50 Year Flood Easement Lands. Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir, Missouri
Final rept. 1979-1981
IROQUOIS RESEARCH INST FAIRFAX VA
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This report describes reconnaissance survey for prehistoric cultural resources within the 50 year flood easement lands associated with the Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir, an area which crosscuts two major physiographic provinces, the Ozark Plateau and the Osage Plains. Primary project goals were to survey a 15 sample of the study area, determine the types of sites likely to be present, make estimates concerning the number and distribution of sites, assess the probable impacts of the project on the resources, and establish priorities for additional survey and testing. Thirty-four previously unrecorded sites were located and there were 86 known sites in the study area. The majority of the identified components are associated with Archaic and Woodland cultures. One protohistoric site in the area, an Osage Indian village was later used by Europeans as a trading post. Estimates of the total number of prehistoric sites likely to be present in the entire study area range from 275 to nearly 2,000. Reconnaissance data indicate that there are more sites per square mile in the Ozark Plateau than in the Osage Plains.
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