23CA1 - Wakenda Site

The Wakenda Site, a Middle Woodland Period site, is situated in the Big Bend area of the Missouri River Valley. The pottery and stone tools from the site belong to the technological/artistic tradition that is described as "Hopewell."

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The Wakenda site is in Carroll County, Missouri. Construction of a highway in 1952 destroyed the site. Amateur archaeologists from the Big Bend Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society collected a sample of artifacts from the site during its destruction. An uncalibrated radiocarbon date of AD 130 +/- 250 (M-448) has been reported for the Wakenda site.


Chapman, Carl
1980 The Archaeology of Missouri, II. University of Missouri Press, Columbia.

Kay, Marvin
1979 On the Periphery: Hopewell Settlement of Central Missouri. Hopewell Archaeology. Kent State University Press.
1980 The Central Missouri Hopewell Subsistence-Settlement system. Missouri Archaeological Society Research Series15.

Kay, Marvin and Alfred E. Johnson
1977 Havana Tradition Chronology of Central Missouri. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 2(2):195-217.

McKinney, J. J.
1954 Hopewell Sites in the Big Bend Area of Central Missouri. Missouri Archaeologist 16(1):1-54.


Special thanks to Candace Sall, Curation Specialist, American Archaeology Division for her assistance in researching the curated archaeological collections of the University of Missouri - Columbia. The images reproduced at this website were graciously provided by the American Archaeology Division (AAD) Museum and Missouri Archaeological Society. A warm thanks to Neathery Batsell Fuller for her advice on the content of the webpage.

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