Academic journal article Southeastern Archaeology

A Qualification concerning Beck et Al.'s (2006) Mention of a Possible Soto-Era Artifact from the Lyon's Bluff Site (22Ok520), Mississippi

Academic journal article Southeastern Archaeology

A Qualification concerning Beck et Al.'s (2006) Mention of a Possible Soto-Era Artifact from the Lyon's Bluff Site (22Ok520), Mississippi

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In their article on the identification of Fort San Juan, North Carolina, Beck, Moore, and Rodning (2006) provide a brief overview of sixteenth-century Spanish artifacts known from the Southeastern interior. They state unequivocally that "one fragment of orange micaceous earthenware from the Lyon's Bluff site in northern Mississippi" is a sixteenth-century Spanish sherd, citing Peacock and Hogue (2005) as their source for this information. While we assert with confidence that the Lyon's Bluff site (22OK520) was occupied at the time of the De Soto entrada, we took care to note that the two European artifacts mentioned in our article were "of possible Spanish origin" (Peacock and Hogue 2005:53). We included an excerpt from a letter sent by Kathleen Deagan to Richard Marshall (Deagan 1990), which contains some of the phraseology cited by Beck, Moore, and Rodning. Deagan was not asserting that the sherd from Lyon's Bluff was positively identified as Spanish; rather, she was stating that similar earthenware "dates to the sixteenth century in the Spanish colonies of the circum-Caribbean area" (Deagan 1990; Peacock and Hogue 2005:53). The archaeological context for the Lyon's Bluff sherd, which was excavated in 1968, is imprecisely known. …

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