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Examining the Ceramic Assemblage from Washington Mounds: An Early to Middle Caddo Site in Southwestern Arkansas

Author(s): Katherine Wilson

Year: 2015

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The Washington Mounds site is an Early to Middle Caddo period (A.D. 800-1300) mound site with 11 mounds, some of which contain burials; two village areas are associated with the site surrounding the mounds. It is located in southwest Arkansas between the Red River and Little Missouri River Basins. Some level of ritual activity occurred at the site, but what types or scale of ritual is unknown. Two excavations have been done at the site: one in the early 20th century by M. R. Harrington, and a second in 1981 by the Arkansas Archaeological Society and the Arkansas Archaeological Survey. Whole pots and potsherds from both documented excavations are considered in the analysis. This study is a thorough analysis of the ceramic assemblage through the theoretical perspective of ceramic ecology. As this is the first ceramic analysis done on artifacts from this site, the goals of the research include establishing information on life, status, and ritual activities of the people who occupied this site as well as contextualizing these findings within the broader geographical and cultural regions.

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Examining the Ceramic Assemblage from Washington Mounds: An Early to Middle Caddo Site in Southwestern Arkansas. Katherine Wilson. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397539)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America