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CahokiaA World Renewal Cult Heterarchy$
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A. Martin Byers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813029580

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813029580.001.0001

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The Sacred Maize Model and the Sponemann Site

The Sacred Maize Model and the Sponemann Site

(p.137) 6 The Sacred Maize Model and the Sponemann Site

A. Martin Byers

University Press of Florida

The Sacred Maize model as applied to the American Bottom postulates that a series of related ideological innovations was successfully implemented and marked the Terminal Late Woodland period and that, largely unwittingly, this implementation instigated a population expansion and further innovation tied into world renewal ritual, culminating in the emergence of Cahokia. The Z-twist/S-twist cordmarking duality manifests an important constitutive contrast generating two objectively similar but emically contrasting ceramic-usage spheres. The testing of the Sacred Maize Model is demonstrated by ceramic evidence and the mixing-prohibition hypothesis.

Keywords:   Sacred Maize model, Sponemann site, American Bottom, Terminal Late Woodland period, Cahokia, Z-twist, S-twist, mixing-prohibition hypothesis

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