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Investigating Mississippian Site Layout and Architecture in Northeast Arkansas

Author(s): Jeffrey Mitchem ; Jami J. Lockhart ; Timothy S. Mulvihill

Year: 2016

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In June 2015, the Arkansas Archeological Society Training Program was held at the Richards Bridge site. This Parkin phase village lies along the Tyronza River and was contemporaneous with the Parkin site, located about 16 km away. Geophysical studies revealed well-preserved structure floors at Richards Bridge and four of these were chosen for excavation to see if their construction was identical to those at other Parkin phase sites. A search for fortifications revealed a wooden palisade, but no defensive ditch or moat was present. The lack of a surrounding ditch makes Richards Bridge the first known Parkin phase site without one.

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Investigating Mississippian Site Layout and Architecture in Northeast Arkansas. Jeffrey Mitchem, Jami J. Lockhart, Timothy S. Mulvihill. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405022)


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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