Household Economy at Wall Ridge: A Fourteenth-Century Central Plains
Farmstead in the Missouri Valley tells the story of a Native American household that occupied a lodge on the eastern Plains during the early 1300sAD. Contributors used cutting-edge methods and the site’s unparalleled archaeological record to shed light on the daily technological, subsistence, and dietary aspects of the occupants’ lives. The research covers archaeobotany, zooarchaeology, dating, ceramics, lithics, bone and shell tools, diet, climate, ecology, and more. This work represents the first comprehensive study of a prehistoric Central Plains household in over half a century.
Panelists Stephen C. Lensink, Joseph A. Tiffany, Shirley J. Shermer, Michael J. Perry, William Green, Jim Theler, and their associates at the Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, collaborated on this study for decades. The University of Utah Press published their landmark study in 2021.