The Leary Site (25RH1) is an archaeological site situated in the southeast corner of Nebraska.




Shell tempered cookpot rimsherd with incised lines. Weight 62.2 grams. Body thickness 0.6 cm. Rim thickness 0.8 cm.







Shell tempered cookpot with strap handles and vertical incised lines plus a drilled mend hole. Weight 472 grams. Body thickness 0.7 cm. Rim thickness 0.8 cm.







Chevron filled design on a shell tempered rimsherd. Weight 42.4 grams. Body thickness 0.6 cm. Rim thickness 0.7 cm.







Rimsherd with incised decoration.







Rimsherd with horizontal line pattern decoration. Weight 12.1 grams. Thickness 0.8 cm.







Rimsherd with incised decoration. Weight 16.0 grams. Thickness 0.6 cm.







Rimsherd with vertical incised line decoration.







Bodysherd with box-in-box incised decoration. Weight 35.0 grams. Thickness 1.0 cm.







Bodysherd with a leaf-like incised decoration pattern. Weight 28.5 grams. Thickness 0.8 cm.




Click here to see a small sample of Catlinite artifacts from the Leary Site

Click here to see a small sample of stone tools from the Leary Site

Click here to see a small sample of bone and shell artifacts from the Leary Site




The artifacts on this webpage were carefully collected and recorded by Michael Fisher (President Emeritus of the Missouri Archaeological Society). The images and notes were made by Professor Michael Fuller (St. Louis Community College).

The 150 acre village site and has been proposed as an ancestral village to the Oto tribe. On the otherhand, Dorsey reports that "when the [Pawnee] people were first put on earth they were placed near what is now Nemaha, Nebraska." Today, the site is owned and protected by the Iowa tribe. They do not allow visitors to the site.

Lewis and Clark visited the abandoned village during the journey upriver. A few contact era trade items have been discovered at the site.

References:

Dorsey, George
1997 Pawnee Mythology. Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. (reprint of an older edition)

Hill, A. T. and Waldo Wedel
1936 Excavations at the Leary Indian Village and Burial Site, Richardson Counnty, Nebraska. Nebraska History Magazine 17(1): 3-73.

Strong, William Duncan
1935 An Introduction to Nebraska Archaeology. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 93(10):41.

Waldo, Wedel
1959 An Introduction to Kansas Archaeology. BAE 174:98- 171.

Webpage created 1 September 2004