Abstract: Battlefield Archaeology – Some New Insights into Custer’s Last Stand


Warfare is as old as humankind. Studies of conflict are almost as old as warfare itself, but systematic archaeological investigations of the field of conflict is a relatively new field, only about twenty-five years old. The archaeology of the Little Bighorn has captured the imagination of the public and media since work began there in 1983. Recent archaeological investigations as well as the application of new analytical techniques are adding additional insights into the battle, yielding new information on soldier and Indian combat positions and fighting patterns.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Scott, Douglas D., Richard A. Fox, Jr., Melissa A. Connor, and Dick Harmon
1989 Archaeological Perspectives On the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Scott, Douglas D., P. Willey, and Melissa Connor
1998 They Died With Custer: The Soldiers’ Skeletons From The Battle of the Little Bighorn. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Scott, Douglas D.
2010 Uncovering History: The Legacy of Archeological Investigations at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana. Technical Report No.124, Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service, Lincoln, NE.

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