Abstract

Native understandings of and uses for meteorites constitute a woefully understudied topic. This article reviews evidence from the Great Plains, referring to information from other regions in order to document patterns. Some meteorites clearly were shrines; others were situated in sacred places. Still others have been found far from their fall sites, curated in mortuary features and archaeological sites or placed along trails and in association with prominent landmarks. Some show signs of prehistoric manipulation, including heating.

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