Plains Coalescent

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A general term referring to the last of the five main cultural historical stages defined for the archaeology of the Great Plains of central North America: broadly the period c.ad 1400 down to European contact. Succeeding the Plains Village, Plains Coalescent is characterized by the movement of Plains Village Indians from the Central Plains to the middle Missouri area. The reason for the movement was probably a period of prolonged drought.

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