Lisbon, ND (WDAY TV) – Long before settlers from Europe arrived on the Great Plains, a large number of Native American populated the area. An MSUM archeology class is digging up their history from over 500 years ago.

By: Rob Kupec, WDAY

Long before settlers from Europe arrived on the Great Plains, a large number of Native American populated the area. An MSUM archeology class is digging up their history from over 500 years ago.

On a bluff overlooking the Sheyenne River just east of Lisbon, North Dakota, a team of MSUM students is digging and sifting their way into the past looking for evidence of people that lived here between 1200 and 1400.

George Holley – MSUM Professor: “This is an important time period for us. Native American are beginning to adopt agriculture and they’re beginning to settle down and we think we know who they’re trading with and what they look like, but were not so sure so that why we’re here to sort of confirm our hunches about what’s going on.”

It’s essentially the trash of their everyday lives that is providing the clues to how they lived.

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