Abstract: Fields of Fire and Men with Custer: Archaeological Perspectives on the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn

Lecturer: Melissa Connor

The Little Bighorn Battlefield range fire of 1983 was a significant event and, in a manner of speaking, heralded twenty-five years of archeological investigations at the battlefield.  Since 1983 archeological investigations have continued, in some form through 2005. The principals involved in the archeological project, which began in earnest in May 1984, were well aware that they were part of an innovative project, yet none were fully cognizant of the wide-ranging impact the project would have on the Park Service, the disciplines of history and historic archeology, nor the international recognition of the project and its methodology.

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

Scott, D.D., R. Fox, Melissa A. Connor, and D. Harmon, 1989 Archaeological Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Scott, D.D., P., Willey, and Melissa A. Connor, 1998 They Died with Custer: Soldiers Bones from the Battle of the Little Bighorn. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Scott, D.D., and Melissa A. Connor, 1986  Post-Mortem at the Little Bighorn. Natural History 95 (6): 46-55.

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