The Georgia and South Carolina Coastal Expeditions of by Clarence Bloomfield Moore

By Clarence Bloomfield Moore

A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication

This facsimile version of Moore's Georgia and South Carolina expeditions comprises an intensive new creation from Georgia's senior archaeologist.

This compilation of Clarence Bloomfield Moore's investigations alongside the wealthy coastal and river drainages of Georgia and South Carolina makes
available in one quantity precious works released a century in the past. via smooth criteria Moore's excavation strategies have been crude, yet his effects have been not anything lower than excellent. He recorded information with care, and masses info should be discovered from his works. sometimes his guides are the one documentation extant for websites that experience considering the fact that been destroyed. in a single case, relic creditors had destroyed six mounds at Mason's Plantation—the greatest Mississippian heart within the Savannah River valley—by the time Moore visited the location in 1897.

Moore additionally documented prehistoric urn burials, a ritual largely practiced in jap North the United States yet extra often at the Gulf Coastal Plain
of Alabama and coastal websites in Georgia and South Carolina. within the advent, Lewis Larson discusses Moore's investigations in the framework of the present knowing of Georgia and South Carolina coastal archaeological chronology.


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The second gorget, circular and about 1. 7 inches in diameter, was found with Burial No. 92, that of a child about seven years old. Incised on its surface was the familiar conventionalized rattles mike (Moore 1897:63). Brain and Phillips consider the rattlesnake gorget type protohistoric (Brain and Phillips 1996:395), thus also providing support for a late temporal position for the mound at Bourbon. Other funerary inclusions in the mound were thirty-four conch shell bowls (Moore identified three cut from the channeled whelk [Busycon canaliculatum]; the remainder were from the lightning whelk [Busycon contrariumD.

From the preceding descriptions of the Cunningham Mound group, it is clear that Refuge-Deptford mounds are not spectacular at all. The skeletons generally lack grave goods, and bones crumble at the slightest touch. Little wonder that Moore dismissed his mound near Middle Settlement as a mere house foundation. :8183) Moore next turned his attention to the St. Catherines Island, Liberty County. Mound in King's New Ground Field (Moore 1897:81-86). The mound was located in an antebellum agricultural field on the eastern side of the northern half of the island, overlooking the headwaters of the northern portion of McQueen Inlet, a tidal stream that drains the marsh separating the active dunes and beach from the older late Pleistocene portions of the island (Thomas, Jones et al.

Moore next shifted his operations to St. Catherines Island, the barrier island immediately north of Sapelo Island and separated from the latter by the mile-andone-quarter expanse of Sapelo Sound. The first of the St. Catherines mounds explored by Moore was the St. Catherines Island, Liberty County. :75-81). The mound was described by Moore as lying about three-quarters of a mile north of the South-end Settlement. Today there is no settlement in the area. The location of the mound was at the end of an open field on the high ground of the western side of the island.

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