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Cutting Corners: Transition From Corner To Side Notched Arrow Points In The Central Plains Tradition, Erin R. Hughes Apr 2017

Cutting Corners: Transition From Corner To Side Notched Arrow Points In The Central Plains Tradition, Erin R. Hughes

Anthropology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

One of the cultural markers of the Central Plains Tradition (CPT; A.D. 1050-1400) is the side-notched arrow point. These projectile points replaced the previous corner-notched points as the arrow tip of choice for the CPT people. This pattern of change is well established in the archaeological literature; however, little has been done to explore why this change occurred. In this thesis I argue that the spread of side notched projectile points onto the Great Plains during the CPT was influenced by point styles associated with the Mississippian mound center of Cahokia. This research looks at arrow points from Woodland ...


Excavations Of Mound B: A Ridge-Top Mound At The Carson Site, A Mississippian Mound Center In The Northern Yazoo Basin, Samuel Henri Butz Jan 2015

Excavations Of Mound B: A Ridge-Top Mound At The Carson Site, A Mississippian Mound Center In The Northern Yazoo Basin, Samuel Henri Butz

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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The Construction Of A Mound And A New Community: An Analysis Of The Ceramic And Feature Assemblages From The Northeast Mound At The Aztalan Site, Thomas J. Zych May 2013

The Construction Of A Mound And A New Community: An Analysis Of The Ceramic And Feature Assemblages From The Northeast Mound At The Aztalan Site, Thomas J. Zych

Theses and Dissertations

By the start of the 12th century A.D., the Aztalan site in southeastern Wisconsin was home to Middle Mississippian immigrants from the south and local Late Woodland residents. The amalgamated population coexisted, maintained defensive works, and constructed earthen monuments in the spirit of Middle Mississippian mound construction. One mound, located within the domestic complex of the site in the northeast corner of the palisaded area, was the focus of Wisconsin Historical Society excavations during the 1960s. This thesis utilizes the unreported results of these investigations to highlight the social implication resulting from the prehistoric construction of Aztalan's northeast ...


Posts, Places, Ancestors, And Worlds: Dividual Personhood In The American Bottom Region, Jacob Skousen Dec 2011

Posts, Places, Ancestors, And Worlds: Dividual Personhood In The American Bottom Region, Jacob Skousen

Jacob Skousen

This paper considers the importance of relationships in the constitution of personhood in the pre-Columbian American Bottom Region. Specifically, I argue that upright posts, common during the Late Woodland, Terminal Late Woodland, and Mississippian periods, were key components in a web of relationships that included plazas, mounds, structures, bodies, dimensions, and otherworldly beings, and it was the relationships between these entities that constituted personhood. Additionally, the various contexts in which these upright posts were placed through time imply that notions of personhood were constantly changing. The most radical change occurred during the Mississippian period and the sudden rise of Cahokia ...


Violence, Symbols, And The Archaeological Record: A Case Study Of Cahokia's Mound 72, Kathryn Koziol Dec 2010

Violence, Symbols, And The Archaeological Record: A Case Study Of Cahokia's Mound 72, Kathryn Koziol

Theses and Dissertations

Acts of violence are not always easily distinguished in their form. Given the additional difficulties caused by the obscure nature of the archaeological record, it is no wonder that interpretations of these behaviors are so skewed both between and within fields of research. There is little consistency in this academic dialogue, which prevents researchers from grappling with the larger perspectives that should be approached. For instance, just how far back in our human history have events such as genocide occurred? Are these modern in origin? The scale of ancient events and our anthropological scopes need more adjustment to the unique ...