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“Whatever village occupation once may have existed upon this area, erosion of over a hundred years of intensive cotton cropping has obliterated every vestige of village features, leaving only small and worn sherds in the plow zone." John L. Cotter, NPS Archeologist

“Four or five adventurers, trappers and men who have a superficial education and no regard for science, floated down the Mississippi on house boats and carried on explorations in the past. A number of large collections have been made, and perhaps twelve or fifteen thousand pieces of pottery are now in museums, in the hands of collectors and otherwise scattered throughout the country as a result of their labors. No notes, drawings, or photos accompany the specimens." Dan Morse, Archeologist, Arkansas Archeological Survey, 1983

“The people of Nodina and other towns along the Mississippi River were participants in a complex cultural tradition characterized by sophisticated community organization, . . . the creation of well-designed and beautiful artifacts . . . and a system of intraregional alliances between towns and villages that surprised the de Soto expedition with rapid and efficient mobilization of both personnel and material goods . . . Our scientific studies of . . . their lives are far from being completed, and . . . should inspire further investigations of their impressive culture." Mary Lucas Powell, University of Kentucky Museum of Anthropology

[photo]  Archeologists examine & record vessel.

Above: Archeologists excavate a mound site in the Delta.

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