Archaeology at Owl Creek Mounds

Archaeology at Owl Creek Mounds (HM1LBC)

Location: New Houlka, MS 38850 Chickasaw County
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N 34° 3.38', W 88° 55.453'

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Early Archaeology - Mound II

The first archaeological work at Owl Creek Mounds was supervised by Moreau Chambers in August, 1935. He was employed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and assisted by Slater Gordon. E.T. Winston, a Pontotoc journalist and local historian, also helped. The crew, hired by the Federal Employment Relief Administration, was composed of local men.

Excerpt from Chambers' diary
Saturday, August 10, 1935

"During the morning I took Mr. Winston into Pontotoc to see about getting pay for the FERA laborers. To our dismay we learned that our work-week instead of being 48 hours in length is limited to 30 hours ... While we were in Pontotoc, I got some more gas and groceries on credit for ten dollars at the First National Bank of Pontotoc, having had my pocket money reduced to 17c through the necessity of carrying on the Survey with our personal funds."

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Chambers' crew dug trenches from the edges to the centers of Mounds II, IV, and V. The excavations showed complicated layering, especially in Mound II, but few artifacts were recovered. A large hearth, with clay hardened by fire, was found at the bottom of the trench in Mound II.

(Left Image Caption)
1935. Chambers' crew standing in the trench in Mound II. E.T. Winston in the foreground, Wayne Harrison, James M. Watts, Wilson Dillard, Tom Crews, and Chastain Johnson in back.

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In 1992, a crew cleaning the dirt out of Chambers' 1935 L-shaped trench in Mound II found a bottle with a note inside.

(Inscription of Note)
This mound excavated in the month of August, 1935 by Messrs. Moreau B. Chambers and Slater Gordon from the Mississippi Dept. Of Archives and History. Co-operating with Pontotoc County FERA organization - W.D. Hiddleston, Works Manager; E.T. Winston, Foreman of Labor; James W. Watts, Archaeological Expert.
Placed ByUnited States Forest Service and Mississippi State University
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Date Added Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 322407 N 3770072
Decimal Degrees34.05633333, -88.92421667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 3.38', W 88° 55.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 3' 22.8" N, 88° 55' 27.18" W
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Area Code(s)662
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1153-1185 Co Rd 413, New Houlka MS 38850, US
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