Academic journal article Southeastern Archaeology

The Clements Site (41CS25): A Late 17th- to Early 18th-Century Nasoni Caddo Settlement and Cemetery

Academic journal article Southeastern Archaeology

The Clements Site (41CS25): A Late 17th- to Early 18th-Century Nasoni Caddo Settlement and Cemetery

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The Clements Site (41CS25): A Late 17th- to Early 18th-Century Nasoni Caddo Settlement and Cemetery. TIMOTHY K. PERTTULA, BO NELSON, ROBERT L. CAST, and BOBBY GONZALEZ. American Museum of Natural History-Scientific Publications, New York, 2010. 52 pp., illus., maps, notes. $25.00 (paper), ISSN: 0065-9452.

This book represents a collaborative effort between the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), National Park Service, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Program, and archaeologists interested in the native history of the Caddo, which led to the first consolidation of archaeological information from the Clements site in East Texas. This site was originally excavated by avocational archaeologist Will T. Scott, who sold his collection from the site to the AMNH in 1900 for $200. Subsequent investigations by the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory were interpreted without the aid of the AMNH collection due to the absence of documentation linking these collections. Hence, this represents the first comprehensive reporting of excavated materials from the Clements site, and a much more robust and contemporary interpretation regarding the material culture of the Caddo people.

The rediscovery of the collection at the AMNH was accidental, made during a routine Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) visit regarding a Caddo cranium and funerary offerings recovered from archaeological contexts in northwest Louisiana. It was that discovery that prompted this volume, which was authored by highly regarded Caddo archaeologists with the aid of the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and the NAGPRA Coordinator of the Caddo Nation to explore the character and significance of the associated and unassociated funerary objects that accompanied burials within this Nasoni Caddo cemetery.

While the content of this book is justifiably representative of a technical report, the authors present a well-structured argument for their interpretation of the site as a whole, and within the larger region. …

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