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Archaeological Insights Into the Custer Battle: An Assessment of the 1984 Field Season

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In August, 1983, a grassfire raged up Deep Ravine and across the dry, grasscovered battlefield where, in 1876, men of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry under George Armstrong Custer had fought and died at the hands of a Sioux and Cheyenne force led by Sitting Bull. The removal of the normally dense ground cover revealed enough evidence to suggest that an archaeological survey would be fruitful and perhaps could address some unanswered questions about the battle.

Describing archaeological investigations during the first year (1984) of a two-year survey, this book offers a detailed analysis of the physical evidence remaining after the battle. Precise information regarding the locations of artifacts and painstaking analyses of the artifacts themselves have uncovered much new information about the guns used in the battle by the victorious Indian warriors.

Not only have the types of guns been identified, but through the use of archaeological and criminal-investigative techniques the actual numbers of firearms can now be estimated. This analysis of the battlefield, which represents a significant advance in methodology, shows that the two forces left artifacts in what can be defined as "combatant patterns."

What did happen after Custer's trumpeter, John Martin — dispatched with an order for Captain Benteen to "be quick" — turned and saw the doomed battalion for the last time? Written to satisfy both professional and layman, this book is a vital complement to the historical record.

About the Author

Douglas D. Scott, who received the Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, is Chief of the Rocky Mountain Research Division, Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Richard A. Fox, Jr., who holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Calgary, has had many years' experience working on prehistoric Indian sites on the Northern Plains.

Dick Harmon is an expert on firearms of the era of the Indian Wars.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806120652
Designed:
Harmon, Dick
With:
Fox, Richard A.
Designed by:
Harmon, Dick
Designed:
Harmon, Dick
Author:
Scott, Douglas D.
Author:
Fox, Richard A.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Montana Antiquities.
Subject:
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Montana -- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
Subject:
Excavations
Subject:
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 187
Subject:
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Little bighorn, battle of the, mont., 1876
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 140
Publication Date:
19870631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 bandw illus.
Pages:
138
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 0.4 in 0.89 lb

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