Twin Mounds Site

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Twin Mounds Site
(15 BA 2)
Mississippian sites on Lower Ohio Map HRoe 2010.jpg
Mississippian sites on the Lower Ohio River
Twin Mounds Site (15 BA 2) is located in Kentucky
Twin Mounds Site (15 BA 2)
Twin Mounds Site
(15 BA 2)
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Location within Kentucky today
Location
Coordinates 37°4′3.50″N 89°8′38.58″W / 37.0676389°N 89.1440500°W / 37.0676389; -89.1440500
Country  USA
Region Ballard County, Kentucky
Nearest town Cairo, Illinois
History
Culture Mississippian culture
First occupied 1300 CE
Excavation and maintenance
Responsible body private
Architecture
Architectural styles Platform mound

The Twin Mounds Site (15BA2) (also known as the Nolan Site) is a Mississippian culture archaeological site located near Barlow in Ballard County, Kentucky, just north of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

Site[edit]

The site consists of two large platform mounds around a central plaza and a large 2 metres (6.6 ft) thick midden area. The site was occupied from 1200 to about 1450 CE during the Dorena and Medley Phases of the local chronology. For most of its history, it was contemporaneous with another local site, Wickliffe Mounds, which is several miles to the southeast.

It is thought that when Wickliffe was slowly abandoned around 1300, the population had been slowly relocating to the Twin Mounds Site.[1]

Art[edit]

A rare Cahokia made Missouri flint clay 17.8 centimetres (7.0 in) human effigy pipe was found during excavations at the site.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pollack, David (2008), "Chapter 6:Mississippi Period", in David Pollack, The Archaeology of Kentucky:An update, Kentucky Heritage Council, p. 626, retrieved 2010-10-29 
  2. ^ Townsend, Richard F.; Sharp, Richard V., eds. (2004-10-11). Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-10601-5. 

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