Sweetwater Archeological Site

CITY Sweetwater, NE

Sweetwater is the type site of the Itskari Phase, a prehistoric Plains Village culture occupying the Loup River basin from the early thirteenth century though the mid-fifteenth century. It includes the remains of earth lodges, storage pits and trash deposits covering a forty-acre tributary creek terrace several miles from the South Loup River near the present-day town of Sweetwater. This Itskari Phase is thought to be the progenitor of Pawnee culture.

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