Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Anthropology (MA)
Second Committee Member
Building monumental architecture has been one method used by humans to rise above an earthbound existence. In the United States, large earthen mounds were constructed from the Archaic period to the Mississippian period. The Collins Mound Site in Arkansas was recently dated to the Late Woodland period. For this study, soil samples were extracted from the northern section of the site for description and particle-size analysis. Erosion from plowing, wind, water, and gravity is the most likely process causing a decreased mound height and increased basal diameter. Mound fill likely originated near the river for two of the mounds and was collected from the topsoil in close proximity to the third mound. The absence of an A horizon indicates the mound builders prepared the surface before construction.
Angeles, Carmelita, "The Dirt on the Collins Mounds Site" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1719.