2. Round Spring Archeology, Ozark National Scenic
Riverways, Southeast Missouri.
Lynott, Mark J.
Archeological investigations at Round Spring have produced evidence for
human occupation beginning with the Dalton culture. Intermittent
prehistoric use of the area surrounding Round Spring continued until about
A.D. 1300 when the area was abandoned. Euro-American occupation at the
site began in the early nineteenth century. Evidence for a farmstead/cabin
and a mill are presented. Systematic testing in 1981 included excavation
of nine test pits and about 50 shovel tests. A substantial quantity of
prehistoric and historic artifact, were collected from undisturbed
contexts. Previous research conducted by the University of Missouri
provides evidence of a Mississippian cemetery adjacent to the spring. The
archeological resources at Round Spring have the potential to contribute
data to research problems relating to the Late Archaic, Woodland, Emergent
Mississippian, Mississippian, and nineteenth century Euro-American
occupation of the Upper Current River valley.
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