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EXCAVATIONS AT THE JORDAN SITE (16MO1), MOREHOUSE PARISH, LOUISIANA

Tristram R. Kidder
Southeastern Archaeology
Vol. 11, No. 2 (Winter 1992), pp. 109-131
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40712974
Page Count: 23
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EXCAVATIONS AT THE JORDAN SITE (16MO1), MOREHOUSE PARISH, LOUISIANA
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Abstract

Jordan is a large multi-mound site in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana, with seven mounds arranged around a plaza and an associated village area. The site is located on a relict Arkansas River channel over 3 km west of the nearest source of flowing water, and there is evidence of aboriginal earthmoving to create permanent water sources. Excavations and surface collections from the site have provided evidence that the mounds at Jordan were constructed largely, if not wholly, during the protohistoric period (ca. A. D. 1540-1685). The population which constructed the mounds and lived at the site does not appear to have been indigenous to the region, and it is possible that they were immigrants who arrived in the early sixteenth century. The most likely homeland for this group is in the Mississippi River corridor to the east. After a little more than a century, the site and the associated archaeological phase appear to have collapsed, probably due to the consequences of sustained European contacts. Investigations at Jordan establish the site's significance and the complexity of the protohistoric occupation in northeast Louisiana.

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