Section 7 is a narrative, physical description of the property as it exists today and as it was in the past (during the period of significance). This includes a description of the property's past and current environmental setting and physical condition.
Outlining Section 7:
• Begin with a summary paragraph that briefly describes the general characteristics of the property, such as its location, setting, type, period of significance, cultural group(s) associated with the property, range of the contributing resources, and integrity of the property and its setting. Please note that the period of significance and cultural group will be discussed more fully in Section 8, but for the purposes of this summary, these subjects should be discussed to the level needed to provide the reader with a basic orientation regarding the property.
• Describe the present and, if different, the relevant past environmental setting that prevailed during the property's period(s) of occupation or use, or period of significance (which may relate to the time when the archeological research was done at the property). This description should focus on the environmental features or factors that are or were relevant to the location, use, formation, or preservation of the archeological property.
• Describe the physical characteristics of the property including: site type, important structures or ruins, density of features, artifacts, ecofacts, the extent of the deposits, and integrity including any natural and cultural process that have disturbed the site.
• Describe previous investigations: Who did them? When? Why? Where? What did they find and where are the collections currently housed?
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photograph by Vergil Noble
Menoken Indian Village Site, ND:
This site shows certain structural and artifactual similarities to historic and prehistoric earthlodge villages along the Upper Missouri River. Archaeological research in 1998-1999 demonstrated conclusively that this village was occupied during the early AD 1200s. It was a nucleated fortified community belonging in the Late Plains Woodland tradition. The rich material content and high degree of integrity guarantee that this location can inform us about the origins of intensive crop cultivation and the lifeways of the people of the Northern Great Plains.