Where Were They? How Can You Tell?

How can archeologists know which areas of this region of North America were ancient Caddo communities and which were Mississippian?

 

These are questions that Vanessa N. Hanvey, the station assistant at the Henderson State University Research station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will discuss at the December meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society. The presentation, which is open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in room 211 of the Math-Science Building on the UAFS Campus.

 

The Caddo-Mississippian culture, which preceded the modern Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, occupied areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas from about 200 B.C. to about 800 A.D.

 

Hanvey will discuss attempts to define the eastern boundary of the Caddo cultural region. According to Hanvey, this boundary serves as a transition zone between Caddo and Mississippian cultures, and little is known about this area. This borderland roughly lies along the Saline River valley, which is in four Arkansas Archeological Survey Research Station territories. Hanvey will discuss “The Borderlands Project” and its ongoing effort to gain more information about Caddo sites in this region. The future goal is better understanding the eastern boundary or transition zone between Caddo and Mississippian cultural regions.

 

Several mound sites in the eastern “borderlands” of the Caddo area have been mapped, surveyed with geophysical equipment and tested over the past two years by the Arkansas Archeological Survey HSU Research Station. This work and the key research questions that relate to it will be included in her talk.

 

The talk is hosted by the research station located at UAFS, with Tim Mulvihill as research station archeologist.

 

For more information, contact Mulvihill by telephone at 479-788-7812 or by email at tim.mulvihill@uafs.edu.

 

Date Posted: 
Monday, November 12, 2012
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How can archeologists know which areas of this region of North America were ancient Caddo communities and which were Mississippian?