High Butte Effigy and Village Site

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High Butte Effigy and Village Site (32ME13)
Nearest city Riverdale, North Dakota
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
NRHP reference # 78001991[1]
Added to NRHP May 22, 1978

The High Butte Effigy and Village Site (32ME13) is an ancient Native American ceremonial site near the Garrison Dam and Riverdale, North Dakota.[1][2] The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1] It is located atop a butte and includes a "turf cut turtle effigy." Items recovered from the site include 14 points, 24 body sherds, five rim sherds, and a grooved paddle.[3]

The property is protected by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and is known as Turtle Effigy State Historic Site.


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "A North Dakota summer: From wagon train to winery". The Bismarck Tribune. May 26, 2007. 
  3. ^ Trevor Richard Peck (2010). Light from Ancient Campfires: Archaeological Evidence for Native Lifeways. Athabasca University Press. pp. 327–328. ISBN 1897425961. 

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