A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication
The ninth and final volume in the C.B. Moore reprint series that covers archaeological discoveries along North American Waterways.
Clarence B. Moore (1852-1936), a wealthy Philadelphia socialite, paper company heir, and photographer, made the archaeology of the Southeast his passion. Beginning in the 1870s, Moore systematically explored prehistoric sites along the major waterways of the region, from the Ohio River south to Florida and as far west as Texas, publishing his findings, at his own expense, with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
This volume, the final in a series of nine, includes Moore’s investigations along waterways of Arkansas and Louisiana—the Ouachita, Red, Saline, Black, Tensas, and Atchafalaya Rivers—in three complete field sessions ending in 1909, 1912, and 1913. He located and mapped more than 185 mounds and cemeteries. Artifacts recovered in this territory, such as ceramic effigy pots, earthenware pipes, arrowheads, celts, and projectile points, include some of the most important ones discovered by Moore in his 47 years of excavating. Included in this volume is a CD containing the 69 color illustrations from all the original expedition volumes.
The elaborate earthwork of Poverty Point, located in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, is perhaps the most remarkable archaeological site presented in the volume. In some cases, Moore documented sites along the tributaries that have since been destroyed by river action or looters. In other cases, the National Register of Historic Sites and concerned landowners in Arkansas and Louisiana have preserved the record of aboriginal peoples and their life ways that was first illuminated by Moore's sophisticated study.
"The volume editors have provided an extensive discussion correlating the sites Moore visited with modern sites and summarizing current knowledge about each. This is a very useful addition to the original report and for those interested in Louisiana archaeology, the introduction alone is worth the price of the volume. . . . Anyone who is interested in Louisiana's early history, either at a profesisonal or more casual level, will enjoy reading this volume."Louisiana History
"A superb finale to one of the most notable recent contributions to the available literature on the archaeology of the Southeast. . . . The introduction represents a key body of research, making Moore's work immediately relevant to current studies. . . . The narratives of Moore's expeditions have come to be revered manuscripts, to be interpreted and reinterpreted in light of contemporary scholarship, pored over as a source of crucial knowledge concerning the vestiges of a fleeting past. With the addition of new data, Moore's findings must be reevaluated."Southeastern Archaeology