Woodland Period Settlement Patterns at Letchworth Mounds (8JE337), Jefferson County, Florida

Author(s): Charlie Harper; Daniel M. Seinfeld

Year: 2016


The Letchworth Mounds site (8JE337), located near Tallahassee in Jefferson County, Florida, is a predominately Woodland period site that encompasses the largest earth mound in Florida. In addition to this monumental earthwork, a number of smaller mounds survive and it is thought that as many as 20 mounds may have been lost to modern land use. During the summer of 2014, the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research and the Florida State University conducted a field school at the Letchworth Mounds site. This poster discusses the use of GIS to correlate the results of the 2014 fieldwork with the patchwork of controlled excavation, shovel testing, and surface collection that has occurred on the site since 1995. Through the study of artifact distributions, the assembled GIS data is used to explore both the overall chronology of the site and the nature of discrete activity areas in relation to the surviving earthen architecture. The results of this analysis provide a diachronic picture of activity and settlement patterns at the Letchworth Mounds site, which is compared to patterns visible at other Woodland period sites in the Southeastern United States.

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Woodland Period Settlement Patterns at Letchworth Mounds (8JE337), Jefferson County, Florida. Charlie Harper, Daniel M. Seinfeld. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404750)

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Spatial Coverage

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