|Murphy Mound Archeological Site
23 PM 43
View from the south
|Region||Pemiscot County, Missouri|
|Nearest town||Caruthersville, Missouri|
|Culture||Middle Mississippian culture|
|First occupied||1350 CE|
|Period||Late Mississippian period|
|Excavation and maintenance|
|Architectural styles||platform mound|
|Number of monuments|
Murphy Mound Archeological Site
|NRHP Reference #||69000119|
|Added to NRHP||May 21, 1969|
The Murphy Mound Archeological Site (23 PM 43), is a prehistoric archaeological site in the Bootheel region of the U.S. state of Missouri. Located southwest of Caruthersville,:302 the site was occupied by peoples of the Late Mississippian period. Conclusive dates for the site's occupation have not been determined; one survey concluded that occupation began around 1200 CE and continued until at least 1400,:314 while a study of the site's pottery held that it was inhabited from approximately 1350 until 1541. Excavation at the site's cemetery revealed ninety-one skeletons buried in numerous fashions, including bundle burials, bodies fully extended, and cremations.:314 In 1969, Murphy was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it was Pemiscot County's first location to receive this designation.
- List of Mississippian sites
- Mississippi Valley: Culture, phase, and chronological periods table - List of archaeological periods
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Greenlee, Diana M. (1998). "Prehistoric Diet in the Central Mississippi River Valley". In O'Brien, Michael J.; Dunnell, Robert C. Changing Perspectives on the Archaeology of the Central Mississippi Valley. Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press.
- "Murphy Site, 23PM43". Retrieved 2010-01-01.
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