The Archaeology of the Caddo


The Archaeology of the Caddo

Edited by Timothy K. Perttula and Chester P. Walker

536 pages
113 figures, 43 tables


June 2012


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June 2012


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About the Book

This landmark volume provides the most comprehensive overview to date of the prehistory and archaeology of the Caddo peoples. The Caddos lived in the Southeastern Woodlands for more than 900 years beginning around AD 800–900, before being forced to relocate to Oklahoma in 1859. They left behind a spectacular archaeological record, including the famous Spiro Mound site in Oklahoma as well as many other mound centers, plazas, farmsteads, villages, and cemeteries.

The Archaeology of the Caddo examines new advances in studying the history of the Caddo peoples, including ceramic analysis, reconstructions of settlement and regional histories of different Caddo communities, Geographic Information Systems and geophysical landscape studies at several spatial scales, the cosmological significance of mound and structure placements, and better ways to understand mortuary practices. Findings from major sites and drainages such as the Crenshaw site, mounds in the Arkansas River basin, Spiro Mound, the Oak Hill Village site, the George C. Davis site, the Willow Chute Bayou Locality, the Hughes site, Big Cypress Creek basin, and the McClelland and Joe Clark sites are also summarized and interpreted. This volume reintroduces the Caddos’ heritage, creativity, and political and religious complexity.

Author Bio

Timothy K. Perttula is the cultural resources director of Archeological & Environmental Consultants LLC. He is the editor of The Prehistory of Texas and the author of “The Caddo Nation”: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Perspectives. Chester P. Walker is the cultural resources director of Archaeo-Geophysical Associates LLC.


"Editors Timothy Perttula and Chester Walker has compiled the most comprehensive body of research about the Caddo peoples available today."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics

"A timely, useful volume. . . . Worth having, reading, and referencing."—Don G. Wyckoff, American Antiquity

Table of Contents

List of Figures 
List of Tables 
1. The Archaeology of the Caddo in Southwest Arkansas, Northwest Louisiana, Eastern Oklahoma, and East Texas: An Introduction to the Volume 
 Timothy K. Perttula
2. Form and Structure in Prehistoric Caddo Pottery Design 
 Ann M. Early
3. At the House of the Priest: Faunal Remains from the Crenshaw Site (3MI6), Southwest Arkansas 
 H. Edwin Jackson, Susan L. Scott, and Frank Schambach
4. Bioarchaeological Evidence of Subsistence Strategies among the East Texas Caddo 
 Diane Wilson
5. Spiro Reconsidered: Sacred Economy at the Western Frontier of the Eastern Woodlands 
 James A. Brown
6. Viewshed Characteristics of Caddo Mounds in the Arkansas Basin 
 Gregory Vogel
7. Exploring Prehistoric Caddo Communities through Archaeogeophysics 
 Chester P. Walker and Duncan P. McKinnon
8. The Evolution of a Caddo Community in Northeast Texas 
 Timothy K. Perttula and Robert Rogers
9. Settlement Patterns and Variation in Caddo Pottery Decoration: A Case Study of the Willow Chute Bayou Locality 
 Jeffrey S. Girard
10. Caddo in the Saline River Valley of Arkansas: The Borderlands Project and the Hughes Site 
 Mary Beth Trubitt
11. Spatial Patterns of Caddo Mound Sites in the West Gulf Coastal Plain of Arkansas 
 Jami J. Lockhart
12. Decisions in Landscape Setting Selection of the Prehistoric Caddo of Southeastern Oklahoma: A <SC>gis</SC> Analysis 
 Robert L. Brooks
13. The Character of Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Caddo Communities in the Big Cypress Creek Basin of Northeast Texas 
 Timothy K. Perttula
14. The Belcher Phase: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Caddo Occupation of the Red River Valley in Northwest Louisiana and Southwest Arkansas 
 David B. Kelley
15. The Terán Map and Caddo Cosmology 
 George Sabo III
References Cited 

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