Cook, Robert A.; Comstock, Aaron R.; Martin, Kristie R.; Burks, Jarrod; Church, Wendy; French, Melissa
August 2015
Southeastern Archaeology;Aug2015, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p95
Academic Journal
Investigations at the Guard site (12D29), located in Dearborn County, Indiana, have provided evidence pertaining to the development of early Fort Ancient villages. Recent geophysical survey and excavations alongside many new radiocarbon dates have allowed for improved understanding of household architecture and intrasite variability. Although some scholars have hypothesized that Middle Fort Ancient villages developed out of small early Fort Ancient hamlets, the Guard site provides explicit evidence for villages early in the Fort Ancient sequence. Guard also contains key Mississippian indicators for interaction, particularly wall-trench architecture and a Ramey knife. These findings demand that we reconceptualize the inception of Fort Ancient villages.


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