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Geoarchaeology of the Louisiana Coastal Plain

Geoarchaeology of the Louisiana Coastal Plain

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Draft copy of a Cultural Resource Management report on the archaeology and geoarchaeology of the Louisiana Chenier Plain and Mississippi River Delta. I am the author of Chapters III, IV, and V of this report.
Draft copy of a Cultural Resource Management report on the archaeology and geoarchaeology of the Louisiana Chenier Plain and Mississippi River Delta. I am the author of Chapters III, IV, and V of this report.

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SFP
Number
25101-90-09
OVERVIEW, INVENTORY; AND ASSESSMENTOF CULTURAL RESOURCES IN THE
lOUISIANA
COASTAL ZONE
January
1991
PREPARED
BY:
R.
Christopher Goodwin
&
Associates, Inc.
5824
Plauche StreetNew Orleans, LA
70123
PREPARED
FOR:
Coastal Management DivisionDepartment
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OVERVIEW, INVENTORY, AND ASSESSMENTOF CULTURAL RESOURCES IN THELOUISIANA COASTAL ZONE
By
Withodwin, Ph.D.stigatorPaul Heinrich, William
P.
Athens, and Stephen Hinks
R.
Christopher Goodwin
&
Associates, Inc.
5824
Plauche StreetNew Orleans,
LA
70123January
1991
ForCoastal Management DivisionDepartment of Natural Resources
625
North Fourth Street, Room
1315
State Land and Natural Resources BuildingBaton Rouge,
LA
70802
SFP
Number 25101-90-09
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSLIST OF FIGURES
.........................................................
viiLIST OF TABLES
..........................................................
ix
I.
INTRODUCTION
............................................................
1Organization
of
the Report
.....................................................
1
II.
PREHISTORIC OVERVIEW
....................................................
3
Introduction
................................................................
3
Paleo-Indian Stage
(10,000 -6000
B.C.)
...........................................
3
Meso-Indian (Archaic) Stage
(6000 -1000
B.C.)
....................................
4
Early Archaic
(6000 -5000
B.C.)
.............................................
4
Middle Archaic
(5000 -3000
B.C.)
............................................
5
Late Archaic Stage
(3000 -1500
B.C.)
.........................................
6
Neo-Indian Stage
...........................................................
7
Poverty Point Culture
(1500 -500
B.C.)
........................................
7
Tchula PeriodjTchefuncte Culture
(500
B.C.
-
AD.
300)
............................
9
Marksville Culture (AD.
100 -400)
..........................................
10
Troyville-Coles Creek Culture
(AD.
400 -1100)
.................................
12
Plaquemine Culture (AD.
1100 -1700)
.......................................
13
Mississippian Culture (AD.
1000 -1700)
......................................
15
Historic Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
15
III.
GEOMORPHOLOGy
........................................................
17
Geomorphic Regions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
17
Mississippi Delta Plains
..................................................
17
Mississippi Chenier Plain
.................................................
17
Pleistocene Alluvial and Deltaic Landforms
....................................
17
Mississippi Alluvial Plain
..................................................
20
Stratigraphic Methodology
....................................................
20
Geomorphic Surfaces
.......................................................
21
Plains
...............................................................
21
Terraces
.............................................................
21
Lithostratigraphy
...........................................................
22
Allostratigraphy
............................................................
22
Complexes
...........................................................
23
Fluvial Terraces
........................................................
23
Meander Belt
.........................................................
23
Delta Plain
............................................................
23
Allostratigraphy and Archeology
................................................
25
Pleistocene Epoch
..........................................................
27
Late Pleistocene Stage
...................................................
27
Late Wisconsinan Substage
...............................................
31
-I
Holocene Epoch
...........................................................
31
Archeological Potential
of
the Continental Shelf
................................
33
Mississippi River Delta
...................................................
33
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