By Clarence Bloomfield Moore, Dr. Dan F. Morse, Phyllis A. Morse
A Dan Josselyn Memorial PublicationC. B. Moore's investigations of the decrease Mississippi Valley are the following amassed in a one-volume facsimile edition.Like many different traditional scientists from the Victorian period, Clarence Bloomfield Moore (1852-1917) lived a number of lives—adventurer, paper corporation government, archaeologist; besides the fact that, Moore is mainly remembered for the twenty-five years he spent investigating and documenting archaeological websites alongside each navigable waterway within the southeastern United States.Moore's surveys have been and are striking, and he earned lasting admire from archaeological researchers within the South by way of publishing, generally at his personal fee, the entire facts he recovered. This quantity comprises works that describe facts from Moore's expeditions that have been key to the early reputation and renovation of significant archaeological sites—Toltec, Parkin, Mound urban, and Wicklife, between them—in the reduce Mississippi River Valley. This and significant other volumes stand this day because the defining database for each region during which he labored.
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Moore did not do much work at Parkin; evidently he felt that the site had been too much of a target for pot hunting. He did correctly identify the aboriginal borrow pit. Parkin is now a state park, and investigations are ongoing at the site. The Miller site has been the scene of earlier Smithsonian work as well as work by Moore. Salvage work near the site was accomplished, and most recently a test pit was excavated by P. Morse (Mancabelli 1997). The site is not available to modern scientific mapping and has been recently severely impacted by treasure seeking and leveling.
Dr. Miller supervised the publication of all reports (Moore 1908:256). Moore did his own photography, but his original negatives have not been located. Equally impressive is his knowledge of sources. It is obvious that Moore was well read in the regions he was to investigate. He often refers to Smithsonian Bureau of (American) Ethnology reports of sites he investigated or could not find. References include Swanton, Holmes, Margry, French, Thruston, Evers, Willoughby, Peabody, Thomas, and Ashe. Moore was aware of previous work and tried to build on it.
Even a barn on the site was filled with pots that could be purchased in the 1970s. Rose Mound is very important because part of it pre-dates the Parkin phase; unfortunately this part is badly damaged, and there has been considerable commercial digging on the remainder. We are fortunate that Moore investigated these two sites and other sites that have been severely impacted by treasure hunting and cultivation, especially land leveling. Many of us wish that Moore had dug more sites. Moore did not do much work at Parkin; evidently he felt that the site had been too much of a target for pot hunting.
The Lower Mississippi Valley expeditions of Clarence Bloomfield Moore by Clarence Bloomfield Moore, Dr. Dan F. Morse, Phyllis A. Morse