New Archeological Investigation of Plains Apaches in the Nebraska Sand Hills

Archeological dig for trench exposing Apache house floor

Dr. Matt Hill and University of Iowa students at trench exposing Apache house floor.

Event Details

Date: March 18, 2018

Times: 2 p.m.

Location: Froiland Science Complex 113A/B (formerly GSC 100).

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

Augustana welcomes Rob Bozell, associate director and state archeologist for the Nebraska State Historical Society, who will speak about "New Archeological Investigation of Plains Apaches in the Nebraska Sand Hills" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, in Froiland Science Complex room 113A/B.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question/answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Perhaps as early as 1200, Athabaskan speakers (Navajo and Apache) migrated from the far sub-arctic north to the Rocky Mountains, Southwest and High Plains. One area they settled in by the 1600s and perhaps earlier was the Nebraska Sand Hills and Panhandle. They located (or relocated) to the Southwest by early in the 1700s. These people are what we know of archeologically as the Dismal River culture. Recent test excavations at the Humphrey site along the Middle Loup River, located nearly at the geographic center of the Sand Hills, revealed a diverse lithic, ceramic, botanical, and bone inventory; prepared sandy clay floors; and complex architectural debris. Clearly, some Apaches were calling the Sand Hills home and not just using it for transitory hunting expeditions.

About Rob Bozell

Rob BozellRob Bozell is the Associate Director/State Archeologist for the Nebraska State Historical Society and a former Associate Director of Augustana’s Archeology Lab. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has more than 35 years of archeological research and resource management experience. He also has extensive experience in working with the public and Native American tribes. He is past president of the Plains Anthropological Society and the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists and is the author of numerous research publications and technical reports. His research interests include analysis and interpretation of faunal remains and central Plains prehistory.

This program is funded in part by the David B. Jones Foundation, Augustana University’s Mellon Fund Committee, Augustana’s Archeology Laboratory and the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.

L. Adrien Hannus
Director, Archeology Lab
Augustana University