23. An Archeological Evaluation of the Gooseneck
and Owls Bend Sites, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Southeast Missouri.
Lynott, Mark J.
Archeological testing at the Gooseneck site in 1971, 1979, 1980, and 1985,
and at the Owls Bend site in 1983, has produced substantial information
about the Emergent Mississippian occupation of the Upper Current River
Valley. Limited testing at these two sites has demonstrated that people
making two very different forms of shell tempered ceramics were living in
the Upper Current River drainage between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1000. The
lithic assemblages at these two sites are generally similar, and
subsistence data indicates that the occupants of both sites were aware of
tropical cultigens but appear to have based their economy on hunting,
gathering, and some limited cultivation of native plants. The information
gathered from these two sites documents that people living in the Eastern
Ozark Highlands during the eighth through the tenth centuries participated
in the cultural changes which were to eventually culminate in the
development of the Mississippian complex.
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