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JAKETOWN REVISITED

Joe Saunders and Thurman Allen
Southeastern Archaeology
Vol. 22, No. 2 (Winter 2003), pp. 155-164
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40713283
Page Count: 10
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JAKETOWN REVISITED
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Abstract

The 1946 excavations at Jaketown (22HU505) by Phillips and Gebhard (Phillips et al. 1951) and the 1950 excavations by Ford, Phillips, and Haag (1955) established the occurrence of a preceramic, Poverty Point component at the site. Yet the five radiometric dates (calibrated) from the Jaketown research range between 300 and 800 years younger than the age of the Poverty Point site. Given the high degree of similarity in the material culture of the two sites, this is problematic. In 2001, three continuous soil cores were recovered near Ford, Phillips, and Haag's Trench 1 and Trench 5 excavations at Jaketown. A radiometric assay was obtained from each core. These three dates more closely match the span of occupation (1700-1200 B. C.) at the Poverty Point site.

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