Elm Point Mound , 23SC58

Elm Point Mound (23SC58) is situated on the ridge of land separating the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Dr. Paul F. Titterington briefly described in the site in an article published in 1950. The site was totally destroyed by residential housing subdivisions.

Seven plummets were recovered from the mound by a farmer in the early 1940s. Additional specimens may have been damaged or overlooked by the nature of the haphazard grading. One plummet (specimen 8), manufactured from hematite, was of the "holed" variety and it measured 3.6 inches in length. Two plummets (specimen 9), manufactured from hematite, were of the "grooved" variety and measured 3 inches in length. Three plummets (specimen 10), manufactured from 3 varieties of stone (hematite, copper, and stone), belong to a category of "mushroom-headed" suspension and measured 2.75 inches in length. The final category of plummet was a spherical shaped plummet that averaged 2.4 inches in diameter.

Silhouette of a tubular stone pipe measuring 4.9 inches in length and 1.3 inches in width at the point of its greatest width. The pipe was ground from a dark brown, fined grained variety of stone.

Silhouette of a Turkey Tail point from the site. Titterington reported that 47 Turkey tail points were discovered in the mound as part of a cache. The ranged in length from 4 to 7. 4 inches in length.

Dr. Titterington described the mound as including burials with red ochre staining. He also indicates that limestone slabs covered the burials. A grooved axe was also reported from the site.

Projectile point from Elm Point. Ex. collection Grayson Parks

Chipped stone eccentric from the Elm Point site. Ex. collection Grayson Parks.
Contracting stemmed point from the Elm Point site. Ex. collection Grayson Parks.

Hematite celt from the Elm Point site. Ex. collection Grayson Parks.

Titterington, Paul F.
1950 Non-pottery sites in the St. Louis Area. Journal of the Illinois State Archaeological Society 1:19 - 31.

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