The dig was lead by Michael Fosha, deputy director for the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Archaeological Research Center in Rapid City. The BHSU students participating in the digs were: Kevin Holmes, senior history major from Hot Springs; Theresa Kapust, senior history major from Spearfish; Heather Serck, sophomore history major Inwood, Iowa; and Dan Dziadek, sophomore history major from Freeman. Joe Nonnast and Ernie Miller were volunteers who participated from Sturgis.
The first part of the summer, the students explored a plot of land along Burnham Street in Deadwood, looking for traces of the early gold rush. In the latter part of the summer they investigated what appeared to be a defensive barrier dug into the top of a hill just north of the Black Hills in Centennial Prairie. Taking the shape of a square, with apparent outposts at each corner, the nearly continuous trench had an excellent view of the surrounding country. The students found few historic artifacts; however, they did uncover an abundance of prehistoric remnants. For more information contact Wolff at 642-6221 or DavidWolff@BHSU.edu.
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