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Mississippian Mortuary PracticesBeyond Hierarchy and the Representationist Perspective$
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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

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Pecan Point as the “Capital” of Pacaha

Pecan Point as the “Capital” of Pacaha

A Mortuary Perspective

(p.174) 10 Pecan Point as the “Capital” of Pacaha
Mississippian Mortuary Practices

Rita Fisher-Carroll

Robert C. Mainfort Jr.

University Press of Florida

Many years ago, the Pecan Point site attained near-legendary status among professional and avocational archaeologists. It is not the size of the site or its mounds (both of which are poorly documented) that made Pecan Point of such interest but rather the large collections of mortuary ceramics from the site. However, this essay focuses not on ceramic artistry but on mortuary patterning, particularly with regard to intimations of social ranking and possible indicators of group identity. The data come largely from the unpublished field notes of C. B. Moore, whose excavations at Pecan Point were his most extensive in northeast Arkansas, resulting in the documentation of 349 human burials. The Pecan Point site was located on a prominent bend of the same name located a very short distance west of the Mississippi River in Mississippi County, Arkansas, about fifteen kilometers south of Middle and Upper Nodena. Lacking spatial and bioarchaeological data, this essay relies almost exclusively on funerary objects to analyze mortuary patterning at the site.

Keywords:   Pecan Point, mounds, ceramics, mortuary patterning, social ranking, group identity, exacavations, Arkansas, burials, funerary objects

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