Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Rafferty, Janet E.

Committee Member

Peacock, Evan

Committee Member

Miller, Darcy Shane

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures


Kinlock is a freshwater mussel shell ring site located in Sunflower County in the Mississippi Delta. Little work has been done at freshwater mussel shell rings, and therefore little is known about them. This thesis uses four different data collection methods to answer questions of chronology, site layout, etc. These four methods are controlled surface collection, excavation, coring, and magnetometry. Based on the results of these methods, Kinlock was found to be a Woodland period mussel shell ring with a later Mississippian period component built on top of the shell. This later component consisted of five mounds situated around a plaza. It was also found that the plaza was planned and maintained from the Woodland period through the Mississippian period, until the site was abandoned.



Sunflower River||Darwinian archaeology||evolutionary archaeology||soil coring||excavation||magnetometry||controlled surface collection||prehistoric||Woodland Period||Mississippian Period||plaza||mound||Kinlock||Sunflower County||Yazoo Basin||Mississippi Delta||settlement pattern||mussel shell||shell ring||archaeology