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MOBRIDGE SITE CEMETERIES: CONTROVERSY CONCERNING THE LOCATION OF THE OVER AND STIRLING BURIALS

Douglas W. Owsley
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 26, No. 94, Part 2: MEMOIR 17: PROGRESS IN SKELETAL BIOLOGY OF PLAINS POPULATIONS (November 1981), pp. 43-48
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25667735
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MOBRIDGE SITE CEMETERIES: CONTROVERSY CONCERNING THE LOCATION OF THE OVER AND STIRLING BURIALS
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Abstract

During the 1920's, W.H. Over and M.W. Stirling excavated skeletal material from cemeteries at the Mobridge site. Their records are not clear as to the exact location of burial recovery. Mobridge has at least three distinct burial areas (Features 1, 2, and 3), and there are craniometric and temporal differences among them. A comparison of crania from Features 1, 2, and 3 with the Over and Stirling samples gives some insight as to the location of their burials. Burials excavated by Over classify primarily with Feature 2, indicating this to be their point of origin. A few burials from Feature 1 also appear to be represented. Stirling's sample groups with areas 1 and 3. His sample possibly originated there, although it seems more likely that they came from a location north of the village which dates to the same time period as Features 1 and 3 and represents the same population.

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