The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 498
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i, existed before the mound was erected. Post molds show that
the houses directly under the mound, as well as in the lowest
levels of the field, were circular. Pottery during this period was
of good quality, carried a high polish, and most of it was dark
brown to black in color.
At the end of Phase i, or the beginning of Phase 2, erection
of the primary mound was begun over the ruins of some of the
round houses. This flat platform when completed was about ten
feet above the village level. A change from round to relatively
square houses took place, four of them being placed on top of
the mound. A large square house near the edge of the mound
was attributed to Phase 2 along with a "ceremonial" room just
off the mound on the opposite side. The latter structure con-
tained a series of trenches forming a maze at its floor level. Pot-
tery of this period was somewhat inferior and noticeably lighter
in color than that of Phase i.
Phase 3 marks the building of the secondary mound over the
first platform and its square houses. The height of the secondary
mound was some seventeen feet above its original base, but it
was evident that erosion and extensive plowing had reduced its
original height considerably. No trace of any structures which
may have stood on the mound remained. Potsherds and other
artifacts found on the surface and in the plow zone indicated
occupation by people of the Frankston focus, a late prehistoric
Krieger believes that the mound building occupants of the site
belong to a focus which he calls Alto, of which Davis is the type
site. He draws several tentative conclusions concerning the cul-
tural affiliations of this focus with others to the east and north.
He also expresses some possibilities as to the origin of the cul-
ture. In all instances he gives several possible conclusions and
allows the reader to select the one he feels is best substantiated
by the evidence.
An excellent appendix including numerous tables and data
from the field notes follows the main body of the paper. Of
especial interest is the description and discussion of the nature
of corn from the Davis site by J. Volney Jones.
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