McCormack Site , 23Jo21


Robert McCormick Adams excavated at the McCormack Site on behalf of Works Projects Administration. The site was significant because it contained stone box burials that had not been disturbed by looters.


The graves were situated very close to the surface. Ten of the burials had been damaged by plowing; one grave was undisturbed. The rectangular shaped stone box graves each contained a single, extended burial. A single oval shaped stone box grave contained a disarticulated burial (without grave offerings). Burial 2 contained a red claystone pipe and a highly polished artifact that Adams suggested was a thin ax or spud. Burial 11 had a small olla buried near the head.


Burial 4 had two pottery ollas buried near the skull of the individual and a second skull (trophy?) near the pelvis of the burial. Adams also reported a "water bottle" shaped pottery vessel from the site. The intact pottery vessels from this site were all shell tempered. A few limestone tempered and clay tempered sherds were also reported in the fill.


Adams, Robert McCormick
1941 Archaeological Investigations in Jefferson County, Missouri: 1939 - 1940. Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 30(5).

Special thanks to John Strubberg for scanning images from Adams' report as his Honor's project in ANT 101 at St. Louis Community College.


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