The Crippen Point site is a
Coles Creek culturearchaeological site located in
Sharkey County, Mississippi. It is the archaeological
type site of the Crippen Point phase (1050 to 1200 CE) for Late Coles Creek culture in the Lower
Mississippi valley. The phase marks a significant change in the cultural history of the area. Population increased dramatically and there is strong evidence of a growing cultural and political complexity by this portion of the Coles Creek sequence. Although many of the classic traits of
chiefdom societies are not yet manifested, by 1000 CE the formation of simple elite polities had begun. Sites for this phase are found in
Texas. After the Crippen Point phase the
Plaquemine culture period begins.