The west and central Florida expeditions of Clarence by Clarence Bloomfield Moore, Dr. Jeffrey M. Mitchem

By Clarence Bloomfield Moore, Dr. Jeffrey M. Mitchem

This compilation of Moore's guides on western and important Florida offers all of his archaeological info at the region's mounds and prehistoric canals in one quantity. The identify Clarence B. Moore is typical to each archaeologist drawn to the southeastern usa. This beginner archaeologist's a variety of medical expeditions to the sector ended in dozens of well-illustrated guides, the worth of which raises day-by-day as some of the websites he investigated remain destroyed through glossy improvement. Moore invested huge effort and time exploring Florida's archaeological websites, devoting extra pages of released studies and articles to Florida than to the other kingdom. due to the wealth of fabric on Florida, Moore's Florida day trip courses were accumulated in 3 separate volumes, all released in the Classics in Southeastern Archaeology sequence. The 13 papers reproduced during this quantity current the result of Moore's examine in West and critical Florida. Moore's first and final expeditions have been to Florida and spanned nearly fifty years of archaeological investigations. Following the japanese river drainages to imperative and western Florida, in 1900 Moore targeted his efforts alongside the Florida Gulf Coast, spurred through the fascinating discoveries of Frank Hamilton Cushing at Key Marco in 1896. even though this sector is wealthy in mound websites, many websites positioned through Moore within the early years of this century had already been destroyed via building and lime processing. as well as mound groupings—some containing plenty of skeletal remains—Moore came across a couple of websites hooked up via a community of prehistoric canals. numerous of the websites positioned by means of Moore contained ecu alternate items and feature been used to track the early wanderings of the conquistadores within the New international. Moore's early paintings at the Florida Gulf Coast succeeded in holding a lot of the archaeological checklist during this quarter. he's to be credited with awesome insights touching on mound and earthwork development, artifact alternate networks, and chronology improvement.

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Goggin (1949a:298) identified a sherd illustrated by Moore (1905:Figure 6) as Safety Harbor Incised, but Mitchem (1989:281283) identified this as Fort Walton Incised, var. Sneads (Scarry 1985:219, Figure 5b). If this latter identification is correct, it suggests contact with northwest Florida, although the nature of that contact is open to question. The Pine Island 8 Mound was associated with a pond and a canal, both of which were constructed by the aboriginal inhabitants (Luer and Wheeler 1997:Figures 9 and 10).

Artifacts from elsewhere on the site suggest that there is also an earlier St. D.. 100500) component (Williams and Goggin 1956:47). Much has been written about the Grant Mound since Moore's time. The two copper objects known as "Long Nose God Masks" (Moore 1895a:Figures 3942) have been the focus of particular attention (Williams and Goggin 1956:2324, Figures 10 and 11). The remarkable similarity of these and other artifacts to specimens from Mississippian sites elsewhere in the greater Southeast and Mississippi Valley re- Page 10 Figure 1.

To find the original publication data for the works included in this volume, see the listing for Moore in the References Cited on pp. 4445. Page 1 Introduction Clarence B. Moore's Work in Western and Central Florida, 18951921 Jeffrey M. Mitchem The name Clarence Bloomfield Moore (18521936) is familiar to every archaeologist interested in the southeastern United States. His seemingly indefatigable travels and investigations resulted in dozens of illustrated publications that are important records of information about archaeological sites all over the Southeast.

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