Massive Pit Features at the East St. Louis Mound Complex

Alleen M. Betzenhauser, Craig Kitchen, Steven L. Boles

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Several massive pit features were excavated during the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s investigations of the East St. Louis Mound Complex for the New Mississippi River Bridge Project. These features were similar in size and shape in plan to structure basins but reached depths greater than 1.5 m. Most were associated with a large Terminal Late Woodland II village comprised of a series of courtyard groups. In this poster, we illustrate examples of these unusual features paying particular attention to their placement, depositional sequences, and material contents in order to investigate the roles they served in the community.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram and Abstracts - 60th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference
StatePublished - 2016


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