Before Smith's Mill: Archaeological and Geological Investigations, Smithville Lake, Missouri. Volume 1. Text.
Final rept. 1978-1981,
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This report relates 1978-1979 archaeological and geological investigations at Smithville Lake, Clay and Clinton Counties, Missouri. Nine sites were tested or extensively excavated and a survey of recently devegetated paleo-landforms were conducted. The latter produced 12 newly recorded archaeological sites. Data from the excavated sites provides C14 dates for a Late Woodland occupation c. 700-900 A.D.. Structural, artifactual, and ecofactual remains from four sites are attributable to the subsequent Steed-Kisker phase occupation. Two new types of Steed-Kisker settlement-subsistence sites were excavated and identified, and two previously reported Steed-Kisker settlement-subsistence types are rejected for lack of confirming evidence. Extant hypotheses on the origins, relationships and fate of the Steed-Kisker culture are reviewed and are found wanting alternative hypotheses are suggested for testing.
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