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Mississippian Mortuary Practices: Beyond Hierarchy and the Representationist Perspective

Lynne P. Sullivan and Robert C. Mainfort

Abstract

The residents of Mississippian towns principally located in the southeastern and midwestern United States from 900 to 1500 A.D. made many beautiful objects, which included elaborate and well-crafted copper and shell ornaments, pottery vessels, and stonework. Some of these objects were socially valued goods and often were placed in a ritual context, such as graves. The funerary context of these artifacts has sparked considerable study and debate among archaeologists, raising questions about the place in society of the individuals interred with such items, as well as the nature of the societies ... More

Keywords: Mississippian towns, ritual context, graves, artifacts, mortuary practices, burial, cosmology, kin relationships, social organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034263
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034263.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynne P. Sullivan, editor
University of Tennessee

Robert C. Mainfort, author

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1 Mississippian Mortuary Practices and the Quest for Interpretation

Lynne P. Sullivan, and Lynne P. Mainfqrt Jr.

5 Social and Spatial Dimensions of Moundville Mortuary Practices

Gregory D. Wilson, Vincas P. Steponaitis, and Keith P. Jacobi

8 Temporal Changes in Mortuary Behavior

Robert C. Mainfqrt Jr., and Rita Fisher-Carroll

10 Pecan Point as the “Capital” of Pacaha

RITA FISHER-CARROLL AND ROBERT C. MAINFORT JR.

14 Caves as Mortuary Contexts in the Southeast

Jan F. Simek, and Alan Cressler