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Cultural Resources Investigations of the Upper Minnesota River (639) Project, Deuel and Grant Counties, South Dakota, and Lac Qui Parle and Yellow Medicine Counties, Minnesota,
SOUTH DAKOTA UNIV VERMILLION ARCHAEOLOGY LAB
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Investigations consisted of a phase I survey, literature and records search and a phase II testing program. Field reconnaissance resulted in recording 16 new sites. The sites contain 11 historic components and seven prehistoric components. Two sites contain more than one component. Nine sites are recommended for potential eligibility for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. These sites consist of two prehistoric components represented at one site and eight historic components a grist mill, a silver mine, five sites with dugouts represented at five sites and a historic burial site. In addition, seven standing structures that were not given site numbers were recorded. A search of the South Dakota site files for Deuel and Grant counties yielded information that alllowed inferences to be made concerning prehistoric and historic settlement patterns on the Coteau des Prairies. A proposal for phase III cultural resource investigations is developed, including a cost estimate. Author
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