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BHSU students participate in archaeological dig

Dr. David Wolff, associate history professor at Black Hills State University and several BHSU students participated in two archaeological digs this summer, which explored the early history of Deadwood and the Northern Black Hills. Standing in one leg of the square, with participants at each end locating two of the outposts are, front to back, Kevin Holmes, senior history major from Hot Springs; Theresa Kapust, senior history major from Spearfish; Joe Nonnast,  volunteer from Sturgis; Heather Serck, sophomore history major from Inwood, Iowa; Ernie Miller, volunteer from Sturgis; Dan Dziadek, sophomore history major from Freeman; and David Wolff, BHSU associate history professor.
Dr. David Wolff, associate history professor at Black Hills State University, and several BHSU students participated in two archaeological digs this summer, which explored the early history of Deadwood and the Northern Black Hills.

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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