The Loftin site (23SN42) and Cantwell site (23SN389)
were the focus of limited rescue archaeological
excavation before the construction of Table Rock Reservoir in Southwest Missouri.
The work was directed by Professor Carl Chapman of the University of Missouri - Columbia.
The Loftin site was situated on a high terrace overlooking the White River. It included
one low platform mound and associated square houses with interior posts (some two
and others four posted). The house patterns resemble Caddoan houses of the Harlan and Spiro
Phases in Oklahoma. The platform mound was constructed on top of
a rectangular earthen wall that surrounded a single, central house structure. The
assumption is that the plaform mound sealed an elite or ceremonial structure.
Two radiocarbon dates from the Loftin
site are AD 1000 +/- 110 and 1040 +/- 120.
Loftin site from the bluffs overlooking the
White River. White lime was used to define the rectangular outline of an earthen walls
beneath the platform mound.
Grader used to remove topsoil at the Loftin Site.
Corner of the rectangular earthen enclosure wall.
Lime used to outline the inner and outer faces
of the rectangular wall at the Loftin Site.
Burnt square house discovered by trenching machine
at Cantwell Site (23SN389).