Double Ditch State Historic Site’s construction has finally finished.
The Mandan-Hidatsa-Arika nation left behind 300 years of historical and archeological treasures including artifacts, earthen structures, cache pits, samples of foodstuffs, tools, and burial sites of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of beloved ancestors.
The state historical society received about 3.5 million dollars in funding to stabilize the land that was eroding into the river.
Fern Swenson; Director of Archeology and Historic Preservation Division at State Historical Society: “Well the Mandan Indians occupied this site for nearly 300 years. So when you think about that, from 1490-1785 it was a major trading center.”
Double Ditch is located about 10 miles up the river from Bismarck.
In the spring they’ll be checking to see if any plants need to be replanted.
In the summer, a celebration is planned for the collaboration between MHA Nation and the historical society.