North Dakota Eclectics

Early Woodland
Early Woodland Period (400 B.C. - 100 B.C.)

Around 400 B.C., another major adaptation produced the Woodland people, so called because they lived much the same as the Native Americans who inhabited the forests of eastern North America.

Some of their houses were made of wooden oval frames covered with hides or grasses. The average size of a home was about ten feet wide and twenty feet long. Other Woodland people continued to use tipis for homes, as tipi ring sites have been found dating to this period.

In 1985, the remains of a house dating to this period was found in what is known as the Naze site, along the James River. The house was round and supported by four pairs of central posts, and it is likely that the roof had been made of brush. Artifacts found on the floor of this home included broken pottery, projectile points, various tools, and remnants of food.

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