Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Cultural Resources Management Archaeology: M.S.
College of Liberal Arts
Charlotte Donald Pevny
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Louisiana, Adams Bay, Coastal, Subsidence, Erosion, Plaquemines
The Adams Bay site (16PL08), located in the coastal marsh of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, is a precolonial mound site containing an earthen mound on the north edge of a plaza and a remnant mound on the southern edge. The layout of the mounds in cardinal directions around the plaza suggests that this component of the site dates to the Coles Creek period. On the eastern side of the site an extensive, wave-washed and re-deposited oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and rangia (Rangia cuneata) shell midden contains diagnostic Coles Creek, Plaquemine, and Mississippian pottery. Archaeological research at the site was conducted to confirm the cultural affiliation of the mound group and midden, and to assess the effects of natural and anthropogenic processes and their impacts to the site. Surface collection yielded 102 pottery sherds that were collected and analyzed. Cores were collected along the edges of the mound, the plaza, as well as the eastern and western limits of the site in order to identify in situ archaeological deposits. The results of this investigation produced data that will allow archaeologists to more accurately compare precolonial coastal Louisiana and inland regions. Furthermore, this research will aid in identifying the geological and anthropogenic environmental stressors threatening Louisiana’s coastal archaeological sites.
Hale, Ryan A., "Archaeological Investigations at the Adams Bay Site (16PL8), Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana: Assessing Natural and Anthropogenic Effects to a Louisiana Coastal Archaeological Site" (2017). Culminating Projects in Cultural Resource Management. 15.