We all know that the Greater Omaha area is a fantastic place to
live. What many don’t know is it’s been that way for thousands of years.
Early hunter-gatherers; agricultural Native American tribes; and
Euroamerican explorers, military, fur traders, missionaries, and
settlers; have left an important and rich archeological record buried
near and under our city. Join Nebraska State Historical Society
Archeologist Rob Bozell for a look at why archeological research in the
Omaha area has played such an important role in unraveling the deep
history of the Missouri River valley and the central Great Plains.
900 year old Native American pots discovered near Gretna; Early American artifacts from the 1819-1820 Stephen Long Expedition found north of Hummel Park
was born and lives in midtown Omaha. He is an Associate Director with the Nebraska State Historical Society
currently managing the Nebraska Highway Archeology Program. He received BA and MA degrees in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been actively involved in archeological research and cultural resource management in Nebraska and surrounding states for over 30 years. His professional and research interests have focused on the central and northern Great Plains and include: Native American archeology; subsistence and environmental change; fur trade archeology; repatriation; cultural resource management, and tribal consultation. He has authored numerous technical reports, journal articles, and book chapters on these subjects.