Caleb Curren, Steve Newby, Steve Smith

lithic.jpg (60294 bytes)Recent research by Pensacola Archeology Lab (PAL) has resulted in new discoveries at two important prehistoric sites on Perdido Bay in Northwest Florida.

One site, Innerarity #1 (8Es18), was first reported in 1961 by personnel from the Fort Walton Temple Mound Museum. Further investigations by PAL determined that lnnerarity #1 is a Weeden Island and a Mississippian village site.

Diagnostic artifacts recovered from the site indicate that the Weeden Island component is associated with the late Weeden Island period (ca. A.D.800-1100) and the Mississippian component is associated with the Bottle Creek phase of the Mississippian period (ca. A.D.1 200-1450).

The second site, Kee's Bayou (8Es2513), was discovered by PAL in 1997 and proved to be a series of subsistence camps indicated by oyster shell middens that stretch along the shoreline of Perdido Bay on the south side of Innerarity Island. Artifacts recovered from midden deposits including a quahog pit (feature 1) indicate that the Kee's Bayou site is associated with the Bottle Creek phase of the Mississippian period.

Research on Innerarity Island is continuing in the hope of gaining more insight to the cultures that inhabited these intriguing sites. See PAL books for more details.

Ceramic Artifacts Sample
Photo: Excavating A Test Unit
Photo: Test Unit Showing Stratigraphy
Photo: Quahog Clam Shell Roasting Pit

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