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Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland$
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Vincas P. Steponaitis and C. Margaret Scarry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061665

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061665.001.0001

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Mound X and Selective Forgetting at Early Moundville

Mound X and Selective Forgetting at Early Moundville

(p.54) 4 Mound X and Selective Forgetting at Early Moundville
Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland

John H. Blitz

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses how rapid social changes that accompanied the formation of mound centers such as Moundville generated social contradictions that threatened the stability of the new political order. One way contradiction between past and present ideals was resolved was through acts of selective forgetting, which required the removal of objects associated with previous social identities. Removal of old monuments altered collective social memory of the past. A review of investigations at Mound X, one of the first mounds constructed at Moundville, suggests that group claims on the past, memorialized by construction and maintenance of a mound, could be challenged or eliminated by mound destruction: a Mississippian example of selective forgetting as “repressive erasure.”

Keywords:   memory, forgetting, mounds, identity, erasure

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