Hall Bluff shelter (23MD1) was excavated and published by Lee M. Adams, an amateur archaeologist and trustee of the Missouri Archaeological Society. His research at the cave was published in the Missouri Archaeologist (Adams 1958); he received the "MAS Achievement Award" in 1957 in honor of his careful research.
This site is situated on private property and it is not open to the public. The stone tools he uncovered are typical of the Archaic Period (7000 - 1000 BC) and Woodland Period (1000 BC - AD 900) in the Ozarks region of Missouri. Adams (1958:153) reports excavating 2 grit tempered pottery sherds typical of the Late Woodland Period (AD 500 - 900) and 12 shell tempered pottery sherds typical of the Mississippi Period (AD 900 to 1400).
Plan of Hall Bluff shelter published by Adams (1958:Figure 69a). Adams made careful plans, controlled his excavation by a grid system, and published his results with detailed drawings; his work is praiseworthy.
Profile of Hall Bluff shelter published by Adams (1958:Figure 69b).
Lois and Lee Adams at Hall Bluff shelter; published by Adams (1958:Figure 68)
Broken projectile points excavated from Hall Bluff shelter and published by Adams (1958:Figure 70)
Bone tools and chipped stone artifacts excavated from Hall Bluff shelter and published by Adams (1958:Figure 71b).
Artifacts excavated from Hall Bluff shelter and published by Adams (1958:Figure 71a).
Snyders projectile point excavated from Hall Bluff shelter by Adams (1958). Registration number 1564. This artifact weighs 17.4 grams. Length = 60.1 mm, width = 45.7 mm, and thickness = 8.3 mm. This artifact appears on the second row of projectile points in Figure 71a.
Many thanks to Stephen Burks, a member of both the Missouri Archaeological Society and the Central States Archaeological Society, for making the artifacts from Hall Bluff shelter available to me for study.
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