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On the cover: Plate XXXVI from Some Aboriginal Sites on the Mississippi River by Clarence B. Moore. It is labeled “Pecan Point, Arkansas Vessel No. 13. (HEIGHT 7.6 INCHES.) This vessel (Catalog number 17/4103) is currently on display at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
The text on page 469 states about this vessel: In Plate XXXVI is shown a head bottle, a variant from the well-known and interesting type of head vases which we believe (speaking of the United States) are found only in northeastern Arkansas and in southeastern Missouri. At the time when Professor Holmes wrote his “Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley” he had met with but eight other head vases, all of which had been found at the Pecan Point site. In later years other head vases have been discovered, but in comparatively small numbers: so the vessels are as rare as they are interesting. On page 447 of the same publication, Moore describes his excavations: A warm thanks…are tendered Mr. R. W. Friend, of Pecan Point, who cordially put his large plantations there…for investigation, in the most unreserved way. Our digging at Pecan Point occupied fourteen and one-half days …with a force of nine men to handle the spades and four to supervise. Three hundred and forty-nine burials were encountered….
For more on the archaeological journeys of Clarence B. Moore, see story on page 118.
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Letters to the Editor
Clarence Bloomfield Moore: A Man with a Lust for Exploration,
  Artifacts and a Legacy
Steven R. Cooper EIC 118
On the Trail of the Holy Grail Ron L. Harris 126
Prehistoric Longevity: Did Our Ancient Ancestors
  Live the Good Life?
Dr. E.J. Neiburger 129
A Formula to Preserve Fragile Artifacts Stephen Jordan 134
Tempering in Southern Pottery Bruce Butts 135
Overlooked Artifacts Bob Reeves 137
The Journey that Uncovered a Long Lost Headpot Harold “Olie” Miller 138
Variations within the Saint Mary’s Hall Point Type
Malcolm McLaughlin
Twist and Turns to Find an Iron Ore Axe
Dr. Alfred Savage
The Mink Spear from Pike County, Illinois
Korhan B. Raif M.D.
Thoughts about Arrowheads
Bob Reeves
Restored Artifacts and the Collector:
A Personal Narrative
Kurt Kruggel
Bifurcate Stemmed Points of the Early Archaic:
  Rare in the North Carolina Piedmont
Peter G. Murphy and Alice J. Murphy
The Cove
J. Steven Beasley
Artifact or Eroded Rock?
Shirlee Baillod
A Semi-Mineralized Plains Big Horn Sheep
  Evidently Butchered by Paleo Man
David A. Easterla Ph. D.
The Stories behind Four Artifacts
Marty Benton
Clues to the Past
  Part One: Judgment Call
Steven R. Cooper EIC
  Part Two: The Opossum Creek Cache
W. Rex Weeks Ph. D.
Membership Application   164
Officers and Societies   165
Calendar of Events   168