The name Clarence B. Moore is familiar to every archaeologist interested in the southeastern United States. This amateur archaeologist's numerous scientific expeditions to the region resulted in dozens of well-illustrated publications, the value of which increases daily as many of the sites he investigated continue to be destroyed by modern development.
Moore invested considerable time and effort exploring Florida's archaeological sites, devoting more pages of published reports and articles to Florida than to any other state. Because of the wealth of material on Florida, Moore's expeditions have been collected in three separate volumes, all published within the Classics in Southeastern Archaeology series.
Moore's first and last expeditions were to Florida and spanned almost thirty years of archaeological investigations. following the eastern river drainages to central and western Florida, by 1900 Moore was concentrating his efforts along the Florida Gulf Coast, spurred by the exciting discoveries of Frank Hamilton Cushing at Key Marco in 1896. Although this region is rich in mound sites, many sites located by Moore in the early years of the 20th century had already been destroyed by construction and lime processing. In addition to mound groupings--some containing masses of skeletal remains--Moore found a number of sites connected by a network of prehistoric canals. Several of the sites located by Moore contained European trade goods and have been used to trace the early wanderings of the conquistadors in the New World.
Moore is to be credited with remarkable insights concerning mound and earthwork construction, artifact trade networks, and chronology development.