Archaeological Testing of the Bauman Site (23STG158) Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri.
Management.rept. no. 23 (Final),
MISSOURI UNIV-COLUMBIA AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY DIV
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The Bauman site 23STG158 represents a Mississippian occupation of a cultivated sand ridge in the Mississippi River flood plain, approximately 1 km east of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. A portion of the site was destroyed when floodwaters of the Mississippi River cut a channel through the site in the winter of 1982-83. Surface collections, manual excavations, and mechanical stripping were carried out at the site in 1983 and produced large quantities of ceramic and lithic artifacts as well as faunal and floral remains. A wide range of lithic tool and ceramic types is represented in the artifact assemblage. Archaeological testing of the site indicates that intact cultural deposits exist below the plow zone, especially in the northeastern portion of the site. Ceramic analysis and a radiocarbon assay of 530 or - 50 B. P. indicate the site may contain more than one Mississippian component. Although testing efforts were neither exhaustive nor complete, the data suggest that the site does contain important, intact cultural deposits. Although the site received severe impact during the 1982-83 floods, we recommend the site for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Author
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