Science: Diggers

Plagued Villages. Early explorers told tall tales about fortified villages of agricultural Indians along the Missouri River. By the time the permanent white settlers flooded into Nebraska a few generations later, these people had almost vanished. Then the region was dominated by the fierce, nomadic Dakotas, a branch of the Sioux that had formerly been of minor importance. Archaeologists of the Smithsonian Institution, racing to beat the great dams rising along the Missouri, have been excavating Indian sites on the river bottoms. They now confirm the old tall tales.

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