The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950

Book Reviews

by more careful checking. The grammatical error in the sentence
beginning "The law of 1905" (p. 279) is no doubt due to hur-
ried proof-reading. On page 18o the role of the Republic of
Texas in international affairs is belittled. To this it may be said
that when England stood ready, if backed by France, to go to war
with the United States in order to prevent annexation, it should
be evident that Texas was more than a diplomatic "makeweight."
On the whole the authors have done a commendable job of
revising their earlier book. They have placed in the hands of
teachers a very useful tool for the teaching of Texas history.
East Texas State Teachers College
The George C. Davis Site, Cherokee County, Texas. By H. Perry
Newell and Alex D. Krieger. Menasha, Wisconsin (The So-
ciety for American Archaeology and The University of
Texas), 1949. Pp. 255-
This carefully prepared work is a valuable contribution to
the archaeology of the Eastern United States. The site was exca-
vated with W. P. A. funds under the direction of H. Perry
Newell. His untimely death in 1946 prevented his completion
of the study of the artifacts and field notes as well as the paper
he had begun. Part I of the present volume, description of the
site, excavations, and a study of the houses, is largely the work
of Newell. The remainder of the work, including pottery and
artifact classifications, establishment of the three phases of occu-
pation, and conclusions affiliating the culture with others in the
"Caddoan" area, is that of Krieger.
The Davis site with its three mounds has long been known as
"Mound Prairie." It was thought that the mounds marked the
location of a historic village of the Neches Indians and the mis-
sion San Francisco de los Neches. Although the state of Texas
erected on the largest mound a monument bearing this infor-
mation, excavation proved that the information was erroneous.
Of the three mounds at the site only the largest one and an
area surrounding it was selected for excavation. Krieger's study
of the field notes and photographs has resulted in his proposal
of three phases of continuous occupation. The earliest, or Phase


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