Turk Site

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Turk Site
15 CE 6
Looking toward the Turk Site.jpg
Looking toward the site from the south
Turk Site is located in Kentucky
Turk Site
Location within Kentucky today
Location Bardwell, KentuckyCarlisle County, Kentucky USA
Region Carlisle County, Kentucky
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Cultures Mississippian culture
Site notes
Responsible body: private

The Turk Site (15CE6) is a Mississippian culture archaeological site located near Bardwell in Carlisle County, Kentucky, on a bluff spur overlooking the Mississippi River floodplain.


The 2.5 hectare site was occupied primarily during the Dorena Phase (1100 to 1300 CE) and into the Medley Phase (1300-1500 CE) of the local chronology.[1] Its inhabitants may have moved from the Marshall Site, which is located on the nearest adjacent bluff spur.

For a regional administrative center, Turk is a small site, but this is because of constraints placed on it by the geography of the bluff spur it sits on. The layout of the site is characteristically Mississippian, with a number of mounds surrounding a central plaza.[2][3]

The earliest published investigation at the site was that of Robert Loughridge, published in 1888; the most extensive work at the site was conducted under Richard Edging and published in 1985.[4]

See also


  1. Lewis, R. Barry (1996). "Chapter 2:The Western Kentucky border and the Cairo lowland". In McNutt, Charles H. Prehistory of the Central Mississippi Valley. University of Alabama Press. pp. 67–70. ISBN 978-0817308070.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Lewis, R. Barry (1996). "Chapter 5:Mississippian Farmers". Kentucky Archaeology. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 128–130. ISBN 0-8131-1907-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Pollack, David (2008), "Chapter 6:Mississippi Period", in David Pollack, The Archaeology of Kentucky:An update (PDF), Kentucky Heritage Council, pp. 614–615, retrieved 2010-10-29<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Sussenbach, Tom, and R. Barry Lewis. Archaeological Investigations in Carlisle, Hickman, and Fulton Counties, Kentucky: Site Survey and Excavations. Western Kentucky Project Report #4. Champaign: U of Illinois Department of Anthropology, 1987, 41.

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