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Caborn-Welborn was a prehistoric North American culture defined by archaeologists as a Late Mississippian cultural manifestation that grew out of — or built upon the demise of — the Angel chiefdom. Caborn-Welborn developed around 1400 CE and seems to have disappeared around 1700 CE.[1] The Caborn-Welborn culture was the last Native American occupation of southern Indiana before European contact. It remains unclear which historic era native group, if any, are their decendants.

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Location

The Caborn-Welborn culture is a cluster of more than 80 sites located mostly on ridges along the Wabash River and Ohio River from Geneva, Kentucky to the mouth of the Saline River, although most are concentrated near the confluence of the Ohio and Wabash Rivers. The sites range in size from 0.6 acres to 35 acres for the larger villages.[2] Most sites are located on the higher flood plain ridges, usually situated near sloughs and swamps. The Ohio River floodplain of this region has an extensive system of natural levees which parallel the river, with sloughs and swampy areas in between the levees.[3]

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Sites

  • Ashworth Archaeological Site (12 Po 7) - Located in Posey County, Indiana and placed on the National Historic Register in 1985.[4]
  • Bone Bank Site - The site was a large village on the Wabash River in Posey County, Indiana. Nicknamed “Bone Bank” for the large number of remains of cemetery sites washed out of the site in the 1800s.[5] It was established early in the Caborn-Welborn phase, about 1400 CE.[6]
  • Hovey Lake-Klein Archeological Site (12 Po 10) - The site is located on the west bank of a backwater lake near the Ohio River.[7] It was established about 1400 CE.[8] Located in Posey County and placed on the National Historic Register in 1985.[9]
  • Murphy Archaeological Site (12 Po 1) - Located in Posey County, Indiana and placed on the National Historic Register in 1975. Also known as the Sullivan Farm Site and the Mouth-of-the-Wabash Site.[10]
  • Slack Farm Site - A large village near the mouth of the Wabash River in Union County, Kentucky.[11]
  • Welborn Village Archeological Site (12 Po 19), also known as the Murphy's Landing Site - Located in Posey County and placed on the National Historic Register in 1987.[12]

Timeline

An internal temporal subdivision for the Caborn-Welborn culture, based on ceramic decorative attributes and the presence of European trade goods.[13]

Subdivisions Dates Markers and sites
Late Caborn-Welborn 1600 - 1700 CE Protohistoric period. Presence of European trade goods. Sites include Slack Farm, Murphy, Cummings and Blackburn.
Middle Caborn-Welborn 1450 - 1600 CE Sites include Slack Farm, Mulligan, Caborn, Alzey, Hart, Hooper, Ries-Hasting, Sites 15He37.1, 15He38, 15Un101, and 15Un96.
Early Caborn-Welborn 1400 - 1450 CE Angel to Caborn-Welborn transition. Sites include Slack Farm, Murphy, Welborn, Mann, Hovey Lake and Gough

Material culture

Pottery

Pottery making

Pottery made by the Caborn-Welborn people was built up from strips of clay, and then smoothed out by the potter, much like other pottery in the Eastern America area where the potters wheel was unknown. Common vessel shapes include jars, bowls, pans, plates and funnels. Most jars tend to have rims with rounded necks and strap handles. The majority of the pottery found at Caborn-Welborn sites are of the kinds known as Mississippian Plain and Bell Plain, which are varieties very common to most Mississippian cultures throughout the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys. It was buff colored, contains large fragments of ground mussel shell as a tempering agent, and isn't as smooth and polished as other varieties. Other unique kinds of pottery and decorations are what define the Caborn-Welborn people as a distinct culture. Caborn-Welborn Decorated, Kimmswick Fabric Impressed, and Kimmswick Plain are varieties which are present in greater frequencies in Caborn-Welborn sites, and are hallmarks of the culture. Effigy jars, both of humans and animals, are also common in Caborn-Welborn sites. Some have a human or animal head and sometimnes a tail attached to the rim, others are shaped into the forms of heads, with attached clay lugs to represent limbs. Caborn-Welborn Decorated, the most commonly found decorated ceramic style, is characterized by incised or punctated lines on the shoulders of the jar forms. Other less common varities found are indicative of continuity from preceding Lower Ohio Valley cultures and contact with the wider Mississippian world, especially the Central Mississippi valley and the Oneota culture. These types include Old Town Red, O'Byam Incised/Engraved, Manly Punctate, Angel/Kincaid Negative Painted, Beckwith Incised, Barton Incised, Ranch Incised-Like, Parkin Punctate, Campbell Punctate, Walls Engraved, and Vernon Paul Applique.[14]

Agriculture and Food

Maize was the main foodstuff grown by the Caborn-Welborn people

The people of Caborn-Welborn were intensely involved in maize agriculture, as well as other food crops originating in the Americas, such as beans, squash, sunflowers and gourds. The addition of beans to their diet came after the demise of the Angel Phase peoples thought to have preceded the Caborn-Welborn. It would have been a valuable source of protein to add to their maize rich diet. Maize lacks the amino acids lysine and tryptophan, which the body needs to make proteins and niacin, but beans contain both and therefore together they provide a balanced diet. They collected local wild foodstuffs, including a variety of nuts such as hickory, black walnut, pecans, and acorns, as well as fleshy fruits and berries such as persimmon, pawpaw and plums. The hunting of whitetail deer, bison, squirrel, rabbit, turkey, opossum and beaver added vital protein to their diet. But, unlike other Mississippian peoples in the central Mississippi Valley, fish and waterfowl doesn't seem to have been a major component of their diet.[15]

European trade goods

Glass trade beads of the type used by the Spanish

By the final phase of Caborn-Welborn culture, European trade items begin to be deposited in graves. These include copper and brass tubes, glass beads, and bracelets. This is not indicative of direct European contact however. The items could have made their way to the Caborn-Welborn area by the native trade routes which had brought exotic materials such as marine shells and native copper to the area for centuries.[16] But with these goods also came European diseases such as smallpox and measles, which generally penetrated the American continents far in advance of the actual Europeans expeditions. With little or no immunity to the European diseases, many Native cultures vanished before the Europeans made direct physical contact with them. The Caborn-Welborn culture is one such group.

References

  1. ^ David Pollack (2004). Caborn-Welborn - Constructing a New Society after the Angel Chiefdom Collapse. University of Alabama Press. p. Pp. 24. ISBN 0-8173-5126-4.  
  2. ^ Sherri L. Hilgeman (2000). Pottery and Chronology at Angel. University of Alabama Press. p. Pp. 236. ISBN 0-8173-1035-5.  
  3. ^ David Pollack (2004). Caborn-Welborn - Constructing a New Society after the Angel Chiefdom Collapse. University of Alabama Press. p. Pp. 24-25. ISBN 0-8173-5126-4.  
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places-Indiana, Posey County". http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/in/Posey/state.html.  
  5. ^ "‘Voyage of discovery’ a centuries-old pursuit at Wabash River ‘Bone Bank’". http://www.homepages.indiana.edu/111000/text/pursuit.html.  
  6. ^ "Bone Bank:Recovered Collections". http://www.indiana.edu/~archaeo/bone_bank/collections.htm.  
  7. ^ "Hovey Lake-The Site". http://www.indiana.edu/~archaeo/hovey/hl-ts.htm.  
  8. ^ "Bone Bank:Recovered Collections". http://www.indiana.edu/~archaeo/bone_bank/collections.htm.  
  9. ^ "National Register of Historic Places-Indiana, Posey County". http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/in/Posey/state.html.  
  10. ^ "National Register of Historic Places-Indiana, Posey County". http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/in/Posey/state.html.  
  11. ^ "Slack Farm and the Caborn-Welborn people". http://kyunbound.lib.overdrive.com/F5364F08-AC1A-477A-BE8B-53D3BECCC107/10/385/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=D2997DD3-FB98-4210-935B-D5F3B40D712E.  
  12. ^ "National Register of Historic Places-Indiana, Posey County". http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/in/Posey/state.html.  
  13. ^ David Pollack (2004). Caborn-Welborn - Constructing a New Society after the Angel Chiefdom Collapse. University of Alabama Press. p. Pp. 140-150. ISBN 0-8173-5126-4.  
  14. ^ David Pollack (2004). Caborn-Welborn - Constructing a New Society after the Angel Chiefdom Collapse. University of Alabama Press. p. Pp. 74-76. ISBN 0-8173-5126-4.  
  15. ^ David Pollack (2004). Caborn-Welborn - Constructing a New Society after the Angel Chiefdom Collapse. University of Alabama Press. p. Pp. 27-28. ISBN 0-8173-5126-4.  
  16. ^ David Pollack (2004). Caborn-Welborn - Constructing a New Society after the Angel Chiefdom Collapse. University of Alabama Press. p. Pp. 148. ISBN 0-8173-5126-4.  

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