Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Mississippian Mortuary PracticesBeyond Hierarchy and the Representationist Perspective$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lynne P. Sullivan and Robert C. Mainfort

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034263

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034263.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 17 February 2020

Mississippian Mortuary Practices and the Quest for Interpretation

Mississippian Mortuary Practices and the Quest for Interpretation

(p.1) 1 Mississippian Mortuary Practices and the Quest for Interpretation
Mississippian Mortuary Practices

Lynne P. Sullivan

Lynne P. Mainfqrt Jr.

University Press of Florida

Mississippian Period (ca. A.D. 900–1500) native peoples in the southeastern and midwestern United States are known for towns that typically include platform mounds and plazas and for elaborate and well-crafted copper and shell ornaments, pottery vessels, and stonework. Some of these objects were socially valued goods that often were placed in ritual contexts, such as graves, within or near Mississippian towns. The interment of elaborate funerary objects with some Mississippian individuals naturally led scholars to ask questions about social inequities in Mississippian societies. The intellectual bridges that connect archaeologically observed mortuary practices with the social behaviors of past populations are of significant interest to archaeologists, and the study of Mississippian mortuary sites was instrumental in the development of archaeological mortuary theory. New perspectives, such as the notions of cultural pluralism that inform the interpretation of diverse ethnic groups bound together at Cahokia or interpretations of burial rituals as theatrical ideological tableaus, are influencing the interpretations of Mississippian social practices.

Keywords:   Mississippian Period, ethnic groups, United States, mounds, graves, interment, funerary objects, burial rituals, social practices, mortuary practices

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .