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Bones of ComplexityBioarchaeological Case Studies of Social Organization and Skeletal Biology$
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Haagen D. Klaus, Amanda R. Harvey, and Mark N. Cohen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062235

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062235.001.0001

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Center and Satellite

Center and Satellite

Settlement Hierarchy and Diet on the Late Prehistoric Mississippi Delta

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(p.329) 13 Center and Satellite
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Bones of Complexity
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Nancy A. Ross-Stallings

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062235.003.0013

The Mississippi River Delta between A.D. 1400 and 1600 was a resource-rich area with a large variety of domestic and wild resources, allowing Mississippian people to be better nourished than many. Yet community-level hierarchies may have been a major factor structuring biological stress across the landscape. Ross-Stallings compares health status from human remains from the Hollywood site (a high-status mound center) and the Flowers #3 site (a low-ranked satellite of the Hollywood center). Greater prevalence of biological stress and poorer diets are found among the people of the satellite settlement, which reflected differential access to resources. This was further underscored by an extractive economic relationship, as the Hollywood chiefs likely siphoned off various forms of tribute in the form of food from their subaltern neighbors.

Keywords:   Mississippian River Delta, biological stress, extractive economic relationship

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