Old Fort (23SA104)
The Old Fort Archaeological Site (23SA104) was visited by Professor Garland Carr Broadhead and described in the
Smithsonian Report for 1879. It was revisited by Gerald Fowke and described in the
Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 37. Fowke's fieldwork in 1906-7 was
sponsored by the St. Louis Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Research
by Professor Raymond Wood (1973:101-111) would establish that the site dates to the
period just before and/or during contact with the first Euro-American explorers.
Photograph taken in 1973 during a visit to the site by faculty and students from Missouri State University
(then SMSU). Michael Gilmore (right) stands on the top of the earthwork embankment while Rodney (left) stands in the outer
ditch of the Old Fort.
Map of the Old Fort Archaeological Site published by Fowke (1910:Figure 18).
Plan of the Old Fort prepared by Professor Raymond Wood and reprinted in
The Prehistory of Missouri by O'Brien and Wood (1998). The Old Fort Archaeological Site is a protected site in Van Meter State Park and is open to the public.
Chapman, Carl H. and Eleanor F. Chapman
1964 Indians and Archaeology of Missouri. University of Missouri Press, Columbia.
1910 Antiquities of Central and Southeastern Missouri. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 37.
O'Brien, Michael and W. Raymond Wood
1998 The Prehistory of Missouri. University of Missouri Press, Columbia
Wood, W. Raymond
1973 Cultural Sequence at the Old fort, Saline County, Missouri.
American Antiquity 38(1):101-111.
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