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New HACS artifact cataloging software

We have a new version of the HACS catalog system. It is an MS Access 10 database application: hacs-4.0.zip. Just download and unzip it. An instruction manual is included: HACS 4.0 Instructions.pdf. Note: these instructions refer to using the app on our local server (N: drive). You will be placing catalog files at whatever location is convenient to you. It should also be noted that this app is for MS Windows only, and you must have a recent version of MS Access to run it.

Educational Series Scans

Back in the 1970s the University of South Dakota Archaeology Laboratory received a U.S. Park Service grant to develop a series of short documents about South Dakota archaeology for students. These documents, entitled the Educational Series, have been out of print for a number of years. We recently scanned a set and have made them available for download.


The Educational Series were a set of brief documents about South Dakota archaeology developed in the 1970s by the Archaeology Laboratory of the University of South Dakota under a grant from the National Park Service. The series has been out of print some time, but scanned copies are being made available here. To read them, you will need a pdf viewer such as Adobe's Acrobat Reader.

No. 1: Archaeology, Studying the Past for the Future
No. 2: The First South Dakotans
No. 3: Archaic Foragers
No. 4: Woodland Villagers
No. 5: Initial Middle Missouri Gardeners: Great Oasis
No. 6: Initial Middle Missouri Gardeners: Innovations and Migrations
No. 7: Central Plains Tradition Immigrants
No. 8: Initial Coalescent: A Blending of Cultures
No. 9: Developing the Cultural Mosaic: 1400–1700 A.D.
Young People's Guide to South Dakota Archaeology
Ray Long Site report available

The Bureau of Reclamation has asked us to host a pdf version of the investigations of the Ray Long Site (39FA65) undertaken on their behalf by the Archeology Lab at Augustana College. Three volumes are available:




The Archeology, History, and Geomorphology of the Ray Long Site (39FA65), Angostura Reservoir, Fall River County South Dakota, Manuscript I, Volume I: Cultural Resources Report.
by: L. Adrien Hannus, R. Peter Winham, and Austin A. Buhta (with contributions by Kimball Banks, James Kangas, and Renee M. Boen) Published: 2013
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The Archeology, History, and Geomorphology of the Ray Long Site (39FA65), Angostura Reservoir, Fall River County South Dakota, Manuscript II, Volume I: Cultural Resources Report.
by: Austin A Buhta, Rolfe D. Mandel, and L. Adrien Hannus
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The Archeology, History, and Geomorphology of the Ray Long Site (39FA65), Angostura Reservoir, Fall River County South Dakota, Manuscript III: Cultural Resources Report and Appendices.
by: Austin A. Buhta, Bruce A. Bradley, Marvin Kay, L. Adrien Hannus, and R. Peter Winham (with contributions by Renee M. Boen, Jessica Bush, and Heidi Sieverding)
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