Diverse House Styles
Residents of Jonathan Creek built two different kinds of rectangular houses. Most were single-set post houses. About one-tenth, however, were wall-trench houses. Throughout most of the lower Ohio and central Mississippi valleys, single-set post houses predate wall-trench structures, with the latter increasing in popularity after 1200 AD.
The primary difference between the two house styles is that single-set posts are driven into the ground, while posts in a wall-trench house are set in a trench that is then filled with earth. Variation in house style may reflect differences between conservative households, who wanted to hang on to the old ways, and perhaps younger households, who wanted to adopt a new architectural style.