Huff State Historic Site (32MO11)

Also known as: 32MO11, Huff Archeological Site
SE of Huff, Huff, North Dakota


Photo taken by Jim Allen in Sept. 2017




By 1500 A.D., the Middle Missouri agricultural villages were the principal focus for social organization of Mandan people, who had developed extensive trading networks over the previous 200 years. The Huff Village is one of the best-known and best preserved sites of this period. Its bastioned fortification system, dense and regular arrangement of houses, and wide variety in material culture attest to the extraordinary regional impacts of their way of life. The remains of a large central house facing an open plaza preserve evidence about the ritual space which corresponds to the complex spiritual and ideological world that the Mandan have maintained since historic times. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 18, 1997

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 23, 1980
Reference number
Area of significance
Archeology - Prehistoric
Levels of significance
National; State; Local
Evaluation criteria
D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Fortification; Village site
Current function
Periods of significance
1500-1599; 1499-1000 AD

Update Log 

  • October 14, 2017: New photos from Jim Allen