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Caddo Populations in Northeast Texas: A Response to Taylor and Creel

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Timothy K. Perttula*
Archeological & Environmental Consultants, LLC, 10101 Woodhaven Drive, Austin, Texas 78753-4346 (


I question Taylor and Creel’s (2012) conclusion regarding the biological relationship between Late Prehistoric Caddo farmers and the earlier Archaic and Woodland forager populations in northeast Texas. Because their study did not include the analysis of non-metric dental traits from Late Archaic (ca. 5000-2500 B.P.) and Woodland (ca. 2500-1150 B.P) forager populations that lived in northeast Texas before ca. A.D. 850, the absence of these data impedes any evaluation of their conclusion about the biological relationships between the Caddo and ancestral populations.



Pongo en duda la conclusión de Taylor y Creel (2012), respecto a la relación biológica entre los agricultores Caddo del periodo prehistórico tardío y la población de recolectores Woodland del periodo Arcaico establecido en el noreste de Texas. Debido que en sus estudios no incluyen el análisis no métricos de rasgos dentales del periodo Arcaico tardío (5000-2500 años aprox.) y las poblaciones recolectoras de Woodland (2500-1150 años aprox.) que vivieron al noroeste de Texas antes del 850 A.C. aproximadamente; la falta de esta información impide cualquier evaluación sobre las conclusiones acerca de las relaciones biológicas entre los Caddo y las poblaciones ancestrales.

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