Crippen Point site

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Crippen Point Site
Coles Creek culture map HRoe 2010.jpg
A map showing the extent of the Coles Creek cultural period, including the Crippen Point site
Crippen Point Site is located in Mississippi
Crippen Point Site
Crippen Point Site
Location within Mississippi today
Location
Coordinates 32°48′53.47″N 90°41′45.35″W / 32.8148528°N 90.6959306°W / 32.8148528; -90.6959306
Country  USA
Region Sharkey County, Mississippi
Nearest town Holly Bluff, Mississippi
History
Culture Coles Creek culture
First occupied 1050 CE
Abandoned 1200
Excavation and maintenance
Responsible body private

The Crippen Point site is a Coles Creek culture archaeological site located in Sharkey County, Mississippi. It is the archaeological type site of the Crippen Point phase(1050 to 1200 CE) for Late Coles Creek culture in the Lower Mississippi valley. The phase marks a significant change in the cultural history of the area. Population increased dramatically and there is strong evidence of a growing cultural and political complexity by this portion of the Coles Creek sequence. Although many of the classic traits of chiefdom societies aren't yet manifested, by 1000 CE the formation of simple elite polities had begun. Sites for this phase are found in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Texas. After the Crippen Point phase the Plaquemine culture period begins.

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