15 CE 6
Looking toward the site from the south
|Region||Carlisle County, Kentucky|
|Nearest town||Bardwell, Kentucky|
|Excavation and maintenance|
|Architectural styles||Platform mounds, Plaza|
The 2.5 hectare site was occupied primarily during the Dorena Phase (1100 to 1300 CE) and into the Medley Phase (1300-1500 CE) of the local chronology. Its inhabitants may have moved from the Marshall Site, which is located on the nearest adjacent bluff spur.
For a regional administrative center, Turk is a small site, but this is because of constraints placed on it by the geography of the bluff spur it sits on. The layout of the site is characteristically Mississippian, with a number of mounds surrounding a central plaza.
The earliest published investigation at the site was that of Robert Loughridge, published in 1888; the most extensive work at the site was conducted under Richard Edging and published in 1985.
- Lewis, R. Barry (1996). "Chapter 2:The Western Kentucky border and the Cairo lowland". In McNutt, Charles H. Prehistory of the Central Mississippi Valley. University of Alabama Press. pp. 67–70. ISBN 978-0817308070.
- Lewis, R. Barry (1996). "Chapter 5:Mississippian Farmers". Kentucky Archaeology. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 128–130. ISBN 0-8131-1907-3.
- Pollack, David (2008), "Chapter 6:Mississippi Period", in David Pollack, The Archaeology of Kentucky:An update, Kentucky Heritage Council, pp. 614–615, retrieved 2010-10-29
- Sussenbach, Tom, and R. Barry Lewis. Archaeological Investigations in Carlisle, Hickman, and Fulton Counties, Kentucky: Site Survey and Excavations. Western Kentucky Project Report #4. Champaign: U of Illinois Department of Anthropology, 1987, 41.
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