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The Lower Mississippi Valley Expeditions of Clarence Bloomfield Moore

Written by Clarence Bloomfield Moore, edited by Dan F. Morse and Phyllis A. Mors

Publication Year: 1998

A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication

C. B. Moore's investigations of the Lower Mississippi Valley are here collected in a one-volume facsimile edition.

Like many other natural scientists from the Victorian era, Clarence Bloomfield Moore (1852-1917) lived several lives—adventurer, paper company executive, archaeologist; however, Moore is chiefly remembered for the twenty-five years he spent investigating and documenting archaeological sites along every navigable waterway in the southeastern United States.

Moore's surveys were and are impressive, and he earned lasting respect from archaeological researchers in the South by publishing, mostly at his own expense, all of the data he recovered. This volume includes works that describe data from Moore's expeditions that were key to the early recognition and preservation of major archaeological sites—Toltec, Parkin, Mound City, and Wicklife, among them—in the lower Mississippi River Valley. This and companion volumes stand today as the defining database for every area in which he worked.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-viii

First and foremost we wish to thank Marvin D. Jeter, Station Archeologist, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas Archeological Survey. Dr. Jeter not only helped with site identifications and references in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but he read the manuscript at various times during its development and read it after the second draft was completed....

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Note on This Edition

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pp. ix-x

In the original publications by Clarence Bloomfield Moore, three of the works collected in this facsimile edition (Some Aboriginal Sites on Mississippi River, Certain Mounds of Arkansas and of Mississippi, and Antiquities of the St. Francis, White, and Black Rivers, Arkansas) had beautiful color plates, and each plate was tipped in near the mention of the artifact in the text. ...

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Introduction: The Lower Mississippi Valley Expeditions of C. B. Moore

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pp. 1-14

Clarence B. Moore systematically tested major sites on the navigable streams of the southeastern United States from 1892 until 1918. From autumn 1907 until spring 1911 he visited and often excavated sites on the Mississippi River (1907, 1910-1911) and its major tributaries from thirty-five miles north of Memphis south almost to New Orleans. ...

Appendix: Archaeological Sites Visited by C. B. Moore in the Mississippi Valley

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pp. 15-20

References Cited

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pp. 21-24

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Some Aboriginal Sites on Mississippi River

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pp. 25-145

This report treats of our investigation of some aboriginal sites along Mississippi river, lying within three miles on each side of the stream or within that distance back from certain dead rivers, so-called, which are former courses of the Mississippi. The investigation covered the river from New Orleans, Louisiana, to a point somewhat above Wilson, Arkansas, ...

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Additional Investigation on Mississippi River

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pp. 145-162

As we have stated elsewhere, the territory along the Mississippi covered by us this season lay between Memphis, Tenn., and Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio joins the Mississippi, though no digging was attempted by us in certain sites within about thirty miles of Memphis, which had been explored in a previous season. The mounds and sites of any importance visited by us this year are as follows: ...

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[From The Northwest Florida Coast Revisited]

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pp. 163-168

In the village of Evadale, about 2 miles in, following the road from Golden Lake Landing, on property of Mr. Peter Notgrass, Mr. M. J. Blackwell, lessee, both of Evadale, is a site on which is considerable midden debris. This site, a ridge in part covered by dwellings, has been, we were informed, in common with other sites near Golden Lake, prodded and dug by Crowfoot, the Indian, for the ...

Certain Mounds of Arkansas and of Mississippi

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Part I. Mounds and Cemeteries of the Lower Arkansas River

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pp. 171-256

When it became evident that our quest on the Yazoo and Sunflower rivers in the State of Mississippi (described in the latter part of this report), was not destined to succeed, we turned to the Arkansas river. This river we investigated as far up as Natural Steps, twenty miles above the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, a distance of 194 miles by water, according to the ...

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Part II. Mounds of the Lower Yazoo and Lower Sunflower Rivers, Mississippi

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pp. 257-284

The Yazoo river has its origin in the northwestern part of the State of Mississippi, and flows in a southerly course through the eastern part of the alluvial plain of the Mississippi valley, to its union with the Mississippi river, near the city of Vicksburg. The Sunflower river has its source somewhat to the westward of that of the Yazoo, and continues ...

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Part III. The Blum Mounds, Mississippi

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pp. 284-292

The Blum group of mounds, in Washington county, Miss. (see map), is about four miles in a straight line, in a northerly direction from the city of Greenville; about one mile in a southerly direction from Winterville station; and two miles NNE. from the Mississippi river at its nearest approach. The group on a plantation belonging to A. Blum, Esq., of Greenville, Miss., ...

Antiquities of the St. Francis, White, and Black Rivers, Arkansas

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pp. 295-297

Our last season's field work, all of it in the State of Arkansas, occupied most of the months of November, 1909, and January and April, 1910, and all of February and March, 1910. The regions covered by us were: St. Francis river to its union with Little river, 172 miles by water,1 and up the latter stream to Lepanto, 20 miles further; White river to its union with Black river, 265 miles by water; and Black ...

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Part I. St. Francis River

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pp. 298-378

St. Francis river enters the Mississippi on the western side, about twelve miles above the city of Helena, Ark. The banks in places are fairly high and are not subject to overflow except on rare occasions. It is not likely that the great aboriginal sites along the river have suffered to any great extent through wash of water. The principal sites along the St. Francis, ...

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Part II. White, and Black1 Rivers

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pp. 379-422

As stated in our introductory remarks, 265 miles of White river (which takes its name from the beautiful clearness of its water) and 109 miles of Black river, in both instances from the mouth up, were investigated by us last season. The lower part of White river to St. Charles, 60 miles by water, had been carefully searched by us without result in the spring of 1908, the only high ground ...


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pp. 423-438

E-ISBN-13: 9780817384968
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817309497

Page Count: 448
Publication Year: 1998

OCLC Number: 45730809
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  • Mounds -- Lower Mississippi River Valley.
  • Moore, Clarence B. (Clarence Bloomfield), 1852-1936 -- Travel -- Lower Mississippi River Valley.
  • Indians of North America -- Lower Mississippi River Valley -- Antiquities.
  • Mississippi River Valley -- Antiquities.
  • Archaeological expeditions -- Lower Mississippi River Valley.
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