Analysis of 23SN777: Slow Drip Rock Shelter
Slow Drip Rock Shelter (23SN777) is a natural overhang located in Hobbs Hollow in Stone County, Missouri. Wichita State University conducted a Phase III excavation in 1994 led by Dr. David Hughes as the Principal Investigator. The idea was to explore this site’s eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. It was hoped that features from previous investigations would be revealed to expose the relationship between late Woodland and Mississippian occupations. However, this goal did not come to fruition. Both Woodland and Mississippian artifacts were found along with a number of other cultural manifestations, but the integrity of the stratigraphy was lost due to looting, and features were not found. This site is a temporary campsite where hunting, gathering, foraging, food preparation, and depositing occurred as well as tool manufacture and maintenance. All of the lithic and organic resources can be gathered locally. There was a clear difference between previous excavations and the one done by Wichita State University. The Phase II report contained intact features, a radiocarbon date, and pottery. This excavation lacked all of these elements, and it was concluded that this site was not eligible for the National Register.
Thesis (M.A.)--Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Anthropology