PCRG (Paleocultural Research Group)

PCRG (Paleocultural Research Group) PCRG is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to public archaeology in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. PCRG brings together scientists, technical specialists, and other interested individuals to carry out collaborative projects.

Founded in 1996, PCRG now has more than 90 participating and supporting members. Membership in PCRG is open to the public.

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Our friends at the Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology at Colorado State University have been hard at work at the...
06/16/2021

Our friends at the Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology at Colorado State University have been hard at work at the Lindenmeier site this summer and making some neat discoveries! Head on over to their page to see more!

Artifacts? Yes, indeed! Lindenmeier Folsom site, Day 12.

We will be posting Folsom tools later in the summer, as we process our field bags from the excavation. But we’ve been fortunate to already recover multiple end scrapers, biface and projectile point fragments, channel flakes, pieces of preforms, etc. As well, LOTS of burned bone from the original camp, though most of this is in mixed context.

But here is a cool find — found by a couple of brothers exploring the site over 50 years ago — an ink bottle from one of the old 1930s excavation pits. It was just “trash” when found years ago, but now is a treasured window into the 1930s Smithsonian field team, and their efforts to document the site and its collections. The bottle was donated to our museum and field project yesterday, a simple bottle safeguarded for over 50 years!

Trivia of the day -- this is a Sanford ink bottle -- one of the oldest ink companies in the United States. Although we don't use ink in this format today, the Sanford company created the Sharpie pen in the 1960s! Of course, we use those by the dozens on the site each and every day in labelling our bags -- and thus carrying on the Sanford ink tradition at Lindenmeier!

We are excited to announce our 2021 summer project schedule! Follow the link https://paleocultural.org/participate/ to s...
04/30/2021
Participate — Paleocultural Research Group

We are excited to announce our 2021 summer project schedule! Follow the link https://paleocultural.org/participate/ to see all the details, application links, and information about our Covid-19 field protocols. We hope you can join us this summer!

Always wanted to be an archaeologist? Come join us on a project! Volunteering on a project is free and open to everyone, even if you've never done it!

We cannot wait to hit the field again and see our wonderful friends and colleagues at Knife River Indian Villages Nation...
02/22/2021

We cannot wait to hit the field again and see our wonderful friends and colleagues at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site! In the meantime, check out the link at the bottom of this post for a high school-level lesson plan on archaeology and magnetometry!

Photos from Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site's post
01/17/2021

Photos from Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site's post

01/12/2021
Reviews in Colorado Archaeology, Volume 3 (Article 2): 23-46 | ORCA

Pleased to share the latest article from Reviews in Colorado Archaeology! Tangled Transmissions: The Differentiation of Historic Telegraph and Telephone Lines through Material Culture, by Joshua Birndorf and Scott E. Ingram (both from Colorado College), is a great resource for archaeologists to get beyond simply stating "transmission lines" for resource type. Birndorf and Ingram use a variety of methods and sources for how to differentiate between the two types of lines, and why it is important to do so. They also offer a documentation form in the supplementary material that is a great resource for all! Check it out at the link below: https://archaeologycolorado.org/content/reviews-colorado-archaeology-volume-3-article-2-23-46
Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists (CCPA) Colorado Archaeological Society The Society for Historical Archaeology #historicalarchaeology #archaeology

Methods Report Tangled Transmissions: The Differentiation of Historic Telegraph and Telephone Lines through Material Culture Joshua Birndorf (Colorado College) and Scott E. Ingram (Colorado College) Abstract

Great talk by Dr. Todd Surovell on Barger Gulch, a Folsom site in northern Colorado, hosted by our friends at Crow Canyo...
12/04/2020
Barger Gulch, A Folsom Campsite in the Rocky Mountains with Dr. Todd Surovell

Great talk by Dr. Todd Surovell on Barger Gulch, a Folsom site in northern Colorado, hosted by our friends at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and sponsored by the Pueblo Archaeological & Historical Society. Give it a watch below!

https://youtu.be/vT0yvyEE4A8

This event was made possible by the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Toward the end of the last Ice Ag...

Listen to PCRG Board Secretary (and prolific high-altitude archaeologist) Craig Lee and colleagues on this recent episod...
12/04/2020

Listen to PCRG Board Secretary (and prolific high-altitude archaeologist) Craig Lee and colleagues on this recent episode of the The Extreme History Project! Click the link below or search Extreme History Project on your preferred podcast streaming service.

In this week’s podcast episode we talk with Craig Lee, Shane Doyle, and Ian Van Coller about high-altitude archaeology and their collaboration that developed into a friendship. Over the past 10 years they have worked together on many different projects, each bringing their own unique perspective to the work. Craig Lee is a high-altitude archaeologist, Shane Doyle is a member of the Apsaalooke Nation and an educator, and Ian Van Coller is a photographer and professor at MSU.

You can listen at the link below or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, or YouTube!

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RoZWV4dHJlbWVoaXN0b3J5cHJvamVjdC9mZWVkLnhtbA/episode/dGhlZXh0cmVtZWhpc3Rvcnlwcm9qZWN0LnBvZGJlYW4uY29tLzJlYTkzMjRkLTRlOTMtM2I5OS1iMmYwLWVmOTUwNjhkNDA1Yw?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwiQxJe1nLDtAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQBA

#thedirtonthepast #historyisntpretty #makehistoryrelevant #extremehistoryproject

12/03/2020

THANK YOU for your generous contributions during our Giving Tuesday campaign!

Today is GIVING TUESDAY! Donations have been coming in all morning---but the day is not over and you still have time to ...
12/01/2020
Support — Paleocultural Research Group

Today is GIVING TUESDAY! Donations have been coming in all morning---but the day is not over and you still have time to support research and education in Great Plains and Rocky Mountains archaeology!

Since 2018, PCRG citizen science volunteers have participated in 12 different projects and contributed over 13,000 hours of field time--spending over 120 days in the field--all to better understand the rich cultural history of the region!

Your donation today will directly support this work and help us continue our mission. Please consider making a contribution directly on our website, https://paleocultural.org/support/. Thank you to all that have donated so far!!

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We rely on grants, membership, and donations to continue our mission. Support public archaeology today!

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! For 24 years PCRG has engaged researchers, students, and the public to learn about the rich ...
11/30/2020
Support — Paleocultural Research Group

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! For 24 years PCRG has engaged researchers, students, and the public to learn about the rich cultural history of the Great Plains and Southern Rocky Mountains.

As you make plans to give tomorrow, please consider showing your support for this work by including PCRG in your giving plan. You can do this safely and securely directly on our organizational website via the link below. https://paleocultural.org/support/

Thank you and we CANNOT wait to see you in the field soon!!

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We rely on grants, membership, and donations to continue our mission. Support public archaeology today!

Plains Anthropological Society
11/14/2020

Plains Anthropological Society

Conference or no conference, your PAS Board Members have been hard at work!

Join us on November 30th for updates on PAS business, including reports on membership, finances, the journal, and more! The 2020 Business Meeting will also include announcements of the Distinguished Service Award, the Native American Student Award, and the Donna C. Roper Research Fund Award.

Save the Date - Annual Business Meeting on Monday, November 30th at 4:00 pm CST!

Members will be receiving a Zoom invitation to join the meeting in the next couple weeks, along with the meeting agenda.

No membership, no problem! Join or renew today at https://plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/join-renew-2021!

New video out on our first session of work at Awatixa Village in 2019. Loved working with our friends at Knife River Ind...
10/04/2020
Archaeology at Sakakawea Village in Central North Dakota: Phase I

New video out on our first session of work at Awatixa Village in 2019. Loved working with our friends at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site and Midwest Archeological Center on this. Shout out to Justin at Thunder Revolution Studio, LLC for the great video!

In May of 2019, the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation partnered with Paleo Cultural Research Group and tribally enrolled Thunder Revolution Studios to prod...

We share the news of the passing of W. Raymond Wood with a heavy heart. Ray was one of PCRG’s first members and in addit...
10/02/2020

We share the news of the passing of W. Raymond Wood with a heavy heart. Ray was one of PCRG’s first members and in addition to his indelible legacy of Great Plains anthropological research he trained and mentored multiple generations of Plains archaeologists, including Stan Ahler, one of PCRG's founders and our first Research Director. Ray was truly a giant in our field and he will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest easy, Ray.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of W. Raymond Wood-the white-bearded Plainsman. Out deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was a giant in the field. There will never be another like him.

Hot off the press! The Geology, Ecology, and Human History of the San Luis Valley (edited by Jared Maxwell Beeton, Charl...
09/28/2020
University Press of Colorado - The Geology, Ecology, and Human History of the San Luis Valley

Hot off the press! The Geology, Ecology, and Human History of the San Luis Valley (edited by Jared Maxwell Beeton, Charles Nicholas Saenz, and Benjamin James Waddell) featuring a chapter on Indigenous Lifeways in the San Luis Valley by PCRG Research Director Mark Mitchell and longtime PCRG member and partner, Angie Krall. There are plenty of other great chapters in this book, a must for anyone interested in southern Colorado's cultural and natural history!
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https://bit.ly/3mZbS57

“From the lofty editorial perspective of Blanca Peak, the huge expanse of the San Luis Valley unfolds to the west, south, and north. This long-awaited regional atlas offers readers an in-depth view of the complex geology, intricate ecology, and vast resources they have offered human populations ov...

09/08/2020

If you missed PCRG Research Director Mark Mitchell's talk about our 2018 work at the Molander site a few weeks ago you can watch a recording on YouTube via this link, https://youtu.be/0oTinrBULno.
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Thanks to our friends at IPCAS - Indian Peaks Chapter, Colorado Archaeology Society for hosting the talk and posting the video! Click on their YouTube Channel link in the video to check out some other interesting talks they've hosted as well!

08/30/2020
NDOT Knowledge Nook: Archeology – August, 2020

NDOT Knowledge Nook: Archeology – August, 2020

This month’s Knowledge Nook edition featured the Highway Archeology Program (HAP), and because of the amazing work the program does for the State, we would l...

PCRG Research Director, Dr. Mark Mitchell, will be giving a virtual presentation to the IPCAS - Indian Peaks Chapter, Co...
08/11/2020
Upcoming Lectures – Indian Peaks Chapter- Colorado Archaeology Society

PCRG Research Director, Dr. Mark Mitchell, will be giving a virtual presentation to the IPCAS - Indian Peaks Chapter, Colorado Archaeology Society on his research and our work at the Molander site in North Dakota in 2018. The presentation will start at 7PM (MDT) this Thursday (August 13) and is free and open to the public. Visit https://bit.ly/2XRe17Z for the meeting link and more details!

Upcoming Lectures Until further notice, all meetings will be held virtually. NEXT MEETING:   When: Thursday, August 13, 2020 AT 7:00 pmWhere: Click here to open the Google Meeting Cost: Free & Open to the Public Dr. Mark D. MitchellPaleocultural Research Group Photo from Paleocultural Research Grou...

Check out this great funding opportunity from the Plains Anthropological Society's Donna C. Roper Research Fund!
07/30/2020

Check out this great funding opportunity from the Plains Anthropological Society's Donna C. Roper Research Fund!

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural round of funding for the Donna C. Roper Research Fund!

As many of you are aware, Donna was an exceptional contributor to the archaeology profession and a dedicated Plains archaeologist. She had wide-ranging research interests but is perhaps best remembered for her many contributions to better understanding Late Prehistoric peoples of the central Plains. The Donna C. Roper Research Fund was established at her request to provide support for students, researchers, and avocational archaeologists conducting archaeological or related research pertaining to Kansas and Nebraska.

Visit the Donna C. Roper Research Fund page on the PAS website to see a full description of the application process, who and what is eligible to be funded, and contact information for any questions you may have. This year, $4000 has been allocated to fund awards. We anticipate award requests will typically be in the $1000 range, but the committee will consider proposals in any amount not to exceed $4000.

The application deadline is September 30, 2020. Please share with students, colleagues, regional societies, and avocational groups to help spread the word and honor Donna's legacy!

https://plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/grants/Roper_Research_Fund

06/24/2020

After much deliberation and consultation with our partners we have decided to cancel the 2020 PCRG summer field season. We did not make this decision lightly, but the safety and well-being of our volunteers and staff will always be our highest priority. Please read our full statement on our website, https://paleocultural.org/participate/.
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We will continue offering new content on our website and we'll be working away in the lab, so keep your eyes out for updates. We wish you all good health and we cannot wait to be back out there with you next summer!

Head over to our website and go on a "virtual" tour of the new interpretive panels at the Chief Looking's Village site. ...
06/15/2020
Interpretive Media — Paleocultural Research Group

Head over to our website and go on a "virtual" tour of the new interpretive panels at the Chief Looking's Village site. This latest addition to our Interpretive Media page allows you to tour around the site and click to open a link to read each of the new interpretive panels. We also added a new map viewer for all of our interpretive media projects. Check them all out here: https://paleocultural.org/interpmedia/

Fostering public appreciation of Plains and Rocky Mountains archaeology is central to PCRG’s mission. In addition to direct participation by a wide variety of people, many PCRG projects include a public outreach component. PCRG has produced or contributed to video shorts, wayside interpretive pane...

We've added some new content to our website in the past few weeks, including an order form for selected reports, a compl...
04/29/2020
Videos and Media — Paleocultural Research Group

We've added some new content to our website in the past few weeks, including an order form for selected reports, a complete listing of prior annual reports, and most recently, a whole page dedicated to Interpretive Media. Fostering public appreciation for regional archaeology and history is core to our mission, and many of our projects include components to help share this message. We're pleased to finally have these all archived in one place, and more will be coming soon. Enjoy!
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https://paleocultural.org/interpmedia/

Interpretive Media Fostering public appreciation of Plains and Rocky Mountains archaeology is central to PCRG’s mission. In addition to direct participation by a wide variety of people, many PCRG projects include a public outreach component. PCRG has produced or contributed to video shorts, waysid...

Our friends down at  Crow Canyon Archaeological Center are hosting a flint knapping webinar tomorrow (Thursday) at 4pm m...
04/08/2020
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Our friends down at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center are hosting a flint knapping webinar tomorrow (Thursday) at 4pm mtn. Check out their link below for more information and to register!

Join Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for a flintknapping demonstration webinar, featuring Tyson Hughes, Education Manager.

Another resource for parents/teachers for some online archaeology learning!
04/01/2020

Another resource for parents/teachers for some online archaeology learning!

Join in for our Archeology at Home series next week! Free and suitable for all ages, these presentations will provide an opportunity to learn about archeology and its role in the National Park Service. Topics will cover documenting, investigating, and preserving cultural resources. Participate in all six programs or choose just a few, it’s up to you!

To connect, visit the website below a few minutes before your desired program is ready to start. No account is necessary, but you’ll need to enter a few things first.

https://cilc.webex.com/meet/mwac_distancelearning

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Hey teachers (and parents, also now teachers)---below is a link for 4th and 8th grade curriculum for students to learn a...
03/23/2020
NDDOT - Scattered Village

Hey teachers (and parents, also now teachers)---below is a link for 4th and 8th grade curriculum for students to learn about archaeology in the context of Scattered Village. It has lesson plans, activities, and videos geared towards both 4th and 8th graders. The videos seem to have lost some quality, at least on some devices (keep in mind these are about 20 years old), but still play and the sound seems to be working for most.
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http://www.dot.nd.gov/public/education/scatteredvillage.htm#lessons

Scattered Village

SUMMER PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT:We have a great lineup of projects for the coming summer! However, we are unsure how the COV...
03/20/2020
Annual Reports — Paleocultural Research Group

SUMMER PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT:

We have a great lineup of projects for the coming summer! However, we are unsure how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect our ability to finalize plans or your ability to participate. We know many of you look forward to our projects and are eager to plan your summer schedule. We appreciate your patience and will provide as much information as we can as soon as we can. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones; we cannot wait to resume our normal lives and hit the field, and we want each of you out there with us!
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If you need a break from the news, you can take a journey to some of our past archaeological adventures by checking out all of the PCRG Annual Reports from 1997 to 2018 at https://paleocultural.org/annual-reports/. As an added bonus you can see plenty of old (or young!) photos of many friends and colleagues!
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Stay safe, we hope to see you all this summer!

Each year PCRG publishes a report that describes recent field and lab projects. The annual report also features brief summaries of our members’ research activities. Members receive paper copies of the latest annual report. Click here to join PCRG get the latest information on organizational activi...

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All PCRG members can participate in our field and lab projects! In the past we have done excavation and survey projects in North Dakota and Colorado. Our members range from the seasoned professional archaeologist to students to people who have never done archaeology but want to learn about the past. To learn about membership and future projects go to www.paleocultural.org!

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Chris helping with the walls of excavation...
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