Blake Mound 23SL51

A class of St. Louis Community College students undertook a semester long study of artifacts excavated in 1994 from the village site south of Blake Mound and also of artifacts in the spoil dirt thrown out of the mound.


Rice Side Notched point that is considered typical of the Late Woodland Period (approximately AD 500 to 800) in Missouri. This artifact "type" was first identified as a result of the University of Missouri excavations at the Rice Shelter that was destroyed by the construction of Table Rock Lake. This specimen was found in the disturbed spoil dirt left behind after the looting of the mound at a point over 100 years ago.



Graham Cave Side Notched point or Big Sandy point that is considered typical of the Early or Middle Archaic Periods (approximately 7000 to 5000 BC and 5000 to 3000 BC) in Missouri. The Graham Cave "type" point was first identified as a results of the University of Missouri - Columbia excavations in Graham Cave State park. This specimen was found in the disturbed spoil dirt left behind after the looting of the mound at a point over 100 years ago.



Bodysherd of a Late Woodland Period storage jar that was decorated with cordmarking. This specimen was discovered in the disturbed spoil dirt left behind after the looting of the mound at a point over 100 years ago.



Rim sherd of a cordmarked storage jar with two notches on the interior of the jar rim. This trait has been associated with the Emergent Mississippian (approximately 800 to 850) populations by Joe Harl. This specimen was discovered in the disturbed spoil dirt left behind after the looting of the mound at a point over 100 years ago.



Light yellow colored piece of chert shatter from SS-23.

Two flakes of gray and white banded chert from SS-23


Rimsherd of a small cordmarked vessel.




Rimsherd from a cordmarked vessel with interior rim notching.

Cordmarked body sherd

 

Leach, Mark
2005 Newly Named Blake's Mound at 23SL51 in West St. Louis County (Part 1). Missouri Archaeological Society Quarterly 22(3):17-19, 21.


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