A Disturbed Archeological Site: the Measure of a Valuable Resource of Archeological Data Site 16CU190

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2017-12

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Archeological studies that have concentrated on disturbed sites have frequently been criticized as failing to produce meaningful results beyond those relating to specific research objectives of complex site investigations. Moreover, the archeological results gained from these type sites are often argued as incapable of advancing our understanding of the prehistoric and-or historic societies responsible for their development. While these criticisms may be applicable in some instances, they more often oversimplify the issue, and, in so doing, ignore valid and important archeological research efforts that are coming out of disturbed site studies as they pertain to discrete sites. This study supports the cogency of this argument through an intensive, systematic investigation of a disturbed multi-component cultural deposit in the Lower Sabine River Drainage Basin of southwestern Louisiana, site 16CU190. Situated along the left channel margin (east ascending) of Old River, the site comprised a historic deposit and a remnant subsistence refuse (shell-bearing midden) presumed to be irrevocably despoiled and exhausted of information potential. Analysis of the refuse midden, conjointly with analysis of the sites material culture revealed that such sites have the potential to yield significant information.

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Archaeology, Disturbed site, Shell-bearing, Shell middens

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