River Basin Salvage Program: After 15 Years

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Gives brief history of the first fifteen years of the River Basin Survey project (which is then called the River Basin Salvage Program). Provides substantial information on the operation of the program. Work also covers types of artifacts discovered, including evidences for early hunting peoples, rock shelters and caves, and village remains. Also gives details of the excavations.


  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • United States. National Park Service
  • River Basin Surveys


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Includes illustrations of items found at Fort Pierre II and photographs of excavations. Roberts was director of the River Basin Surveys at the time.

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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1960 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Archaeology
  • Antiquities
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Anthropology
  • Field Work
  • Ethnology


North America

Physical description

pp. 523-549

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