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Double Ditch Indian Village magnetic gradiometry
Double Ditch Indian Village magnetic gradiometry
TitleDouble Ditch Indian Village magnetic gradiometry
Date of Originalbetween 1990 and 2008
DescriptionMagnetic gradiometry produced this picture of the sub-surface structures at Double Ditch. With this method, archeologists were able to determine that the village had had 4 ditches over its long history and the exact location of each.
Ordering Information
General SubjectIndians of North America
Historic sites
Subject (LCTGM)Maps
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America - Antiquities & archaeological sites
LocationDouble Ditch State Historic Site (N.D.)
Transcription"Double Ditch State Historic site magnetic gradiometry"--Printed on front of image
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota History textbook materials
Biography/HistoryDouble Ditch Indian Village was a large earthlodge village inhabited by the Mandan Indians for nearly 300 years (AD 1490 - 1785). According to Mandan oral history, Double Ditch was one of seven to nine villages simultaneously occupied near the mouth of the Heart River. The Mandan population in this area probably totaled 10,000 or more during this time. The earthlodge villages were centers of trade between the Mandans, their nomadic neighbors, and later, Euroamerican traders. A massive smallpox epidemic swept the interior of North America about 1781-1782. This catastrophe was apparently responsible for the abandonment of Double Ditch and all the other Mandan villages near the Heart River. The Mandans had moved to new villages farther upriver. People of Mandan Indian ancestry live today throughout much of the Northern Great Plains. As one of the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Mandan tribal headquarters are at Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.
External Resource
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Archaeology and Historic Preservation Division Collection
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
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