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Gathering at Silver GlenCommunity and History in Late Archaic Florida$
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Zackary I. Gilmore

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062716

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062716.001.0001

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Late Archaic Depositional Narratives at Silver Glen

Late Archaic Depositional Narratives at Silver Glen

(p.83) 3 Late Archaic Depositional Narratives at Silver Glen
Gathering at Silver Glen

Zackary I. Gilmore

University Press of Florida

Chapter 3 provides a history of Archaic period landscape modification at the Silver Glen complex in northeast Florida. Primary focus is directed toward the various depositional traditions and strategies that were implicated in the construction and repeated reshaping of the complex by Archaic hunter-gatherers between ca. 8000 and 3000 B.P. The beginning of this interval marks the earliest evidence for large-scale digging and deposition at Silver Glen Springs, an event that prefaced more than three millennia of subsequent preceramic engagement with this location. These developments are discussed in terms of the historical precedents they set for the complex’s earliest pottery-making inhabitants after ca. 4500 B.P. It is argued that the complex’s two largest shell mounds were intentionally sited atop preexisting mortuaries in order to draw on the authority of the ancestral past, even while implementing profound future-oriented transformations of the material and social landscape. Also discussed is an assemblage of huge roasting pits that were likely used to provision mound-centered feasts. Throughout chapter 3, focus centers on identifying the various times, places, peoples, and materials that were bundled together in particular depositional episodes and linking these together to create a coherent account of the complex’s development through time.

Keywords:   deposition, landscape, shell mounds, Silver Glen complex, feasting, pits

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