Southwestern Historical Quarterly July ture and may reflect organizational principles identified in other aspects of Caddo society and culture. One of the more timely and informative chapters is Diane Wilson's chapter on bioarchaeology. She uses dental wear, dental caries, and bone chemistry to test for the importance of maize in Caddo diet from East Texas skeletal samples. Her results show that corn became increasingly important part of the diet beginning in the early Caddo period, but that the amount of corn consumed varied across the region. James Brown presents some new and compelling interpretations regarding the function of the Great Mortuary at Spiro. Brown no longer views the Craig Mound as a mortuary mound in the traditional sense, but considers it a geographic and cosmological monument. He suggests that the elaborate objects interred there were made or acquired specifically for the event. The geomorphology of many Caddo sites in East Texas often provide ideal situations for the uses of non-destructive geophysical tools and for broad exposures of occupation area. Archaeogeophysics information on three Caddo settlements, George C. Davis, Hill Farm, and the Battle Mound, is the subject of a chapter by Chet Walker and Duncan McKinnon. The geophysical
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 3, 2013
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