Presented are the preliminary findings on community and material culture at the Orendorf site, Settlement D, in west-central Illinois. The site was excavated throughout the 1970s and dates to the thirteenth century A.D. Overall, the site contains three Central Mississippian settlements. This paper will focus on Settlement D, the last of those occupations. Settlement D was a large palisaded village that underwent two expansion episodes and ended catastrophically in a massive burning event. Approximately one hundred structures were uncovered, including many rectangular wall trench houses and a few rectangular structures without wall trenches, a number of circular community buildings, and one cross-shaped structure that was abandoned pre-burning. Due to time constraints at the time of excavation, only a sampling of structures and pits could be fully excavated. However, the intact household assemblages uncovered in burned structures provide an invaluable look at Central Mississippian material culture captured in time.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||MAC, Midwest Archaeological Conference|
|State||Published - 2013|