Twelve students and five faculty members from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science attended the Plains Anthropological Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota from October 4-17, 2017. The following seven co-authored talks and posters were presented, encompassing research across archaeology, cultural anthropology, geoarchaeology, geology, and GIS: 

  • David Ahumada, Dominic Mugavero, Karl Leonard, Aishat Olowoshile, and George Holley – The Development of the Landscape at the MSUM Regional Science Center and its Influence on the Occupation of Indigenous Peoples Interpreted from Lake Agassiz Shoreline and Recent Deposits
  • Rinita Dalan, Carly DeSanto, and Amy Woodruff – Subsurface Magnetic Susceptibility Studies at Chief Looking’s Village
  • Erik Gooding and Melissa Foley – Conceptualizing the Meskwaki Universe: Place, Space, and Time in Meskwaki Physical and Cultural Worlds
  • Erik Gooding, Bret Quickbear, and Michael Pittman – Understanding Tribal Relationships of the Prairies and Plains through the Study of Tribal Ethnonyms: A Poster in Honor of Douglas R. Parks
  • Erik Gooding and Carra Strader – Biocultural Meanings of Symbolic Elements of Prairie/Plains Material Culture
  • William Green, James B. Stoltman, George R. Holley, Joseph A. Tiffany, and Cynthia Strong -Reanalysis of a Fine-Engraved Vessel from Northwest Iowa: Implications Regarding Caddo and Mississippian Contacts
  • George Holley and Michael Michlovic – New Perspectives on the Late Prehistoric Period of the Northeastern Plains

The conference was a great opportunity for students and faculty to learn about other research in the region, to network with other students and professionals, to visit archaeological sites in the Bismarck area, and to showcase the vibrant program we have at MSUM.