Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Cultural Resources Management Archaeology: M.S.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Archaeology, ceramics, pottery, Great Oasis, Mill Creek, Over focus
The Nonnast site (39ML0009) is a Plains Village site located in the Prairie Pothole region of Marshal County, South Dakota. The site was initially identified by a surface scatter of pottery that contained both Great Oasis and Mill Creek ceramic types. The Nonnast site is located outside the normal distribution for these two cultures which are concentrated in southeast South Dakota and northwest Iowa. The site was formally tested in 2015 then again in 2017. The resulting thesis is an analysis of the ceramic and other culturally diagnostic material recovered from the excavations. The goal of the research is to firmly establish who occupied the Nonnast site and when. With the use of AMS dates, chi-square statistical analysis and ceramic typologies it was determined that the Nonnast site contains one component that most closely resembles the Over focus of the eastern division of the Initial Middle Missouri.
Ernst, Megan, "Pottery Analysis of The Nonnast Site (39ML0009), Marshall County, South Dakota" (2019). Culminating Projects in Cultural Resource Management. 27.