Title page for ETD etd-11082012-185447

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Brown, Rebecca Muriel
URN etd-11082012-185447
Title Investigations at the Toncrey Site (16PL7): Analysis of a Late Prehistoric Site in Extreme Southern Louisiana
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Saunders, Rebecca Committee Chair
DeLong, Kristine Committee Member
Mann, Rob Committee Member
  • Pottery
  • Coles Creek
  • Prehistoric Interaction
  • Plaquemine
Date of Defense 2012-10-29
Availability unrestricted
The Toncrey site (16PL07), located in the coastal marsh of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, is a prehistoric mound site containing three earthen mounds, on the north, west, and south edges of a plaza. The layout of the mounds in cardinal directions around the plaza suggests that this component of the site dates to the Coles Creek period. On the eastern side of the site an extensive, wave-washed and re-deposited oyster (Crassostrea virginica) shell midden contains diagnostic Coles Creek, Plaquemine, and Mississippian pottery. Archaeological research at the site was conducted to confirm the cultural affiliation of the mound group and midden, and to gather information on the relationship between what appears to be a Coles Creek occupation and possible Mississippian culture influence or intrusion in the area. Approximately 2,876 pottery sherds were collected and analyzed. The results of this investigation produced more data that will allow archaeologists to more accurately compare prehistoric coastal Louisiana and inland regions, and to clarify the role of Mississippian culture along the coast.
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