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Caddoan Culture


Definition: Caddoan culture is the name given to farmers in the Arkansas River Valley of the southern United States and southwestward between about 1100-400 BP (years before the present). The Caddoan people traded with the Mississippian cultures to the east, and were part of the Southeast Ceremonial Complex. Caddoan culture people are thought to be ancestral to the modern Caddo people today; 400 years ago, the Caddo encountered the Spanish.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.
Also Known As: Caddo
Spiro Mounds (Oklahoma), George C. Davis Site (Texas)

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