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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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Temporal Changes in Mortuary Behavior

Temporal Changes in Mortuary Behavior

Evidence from the Middle and Upper Nodena Sites, Arkansas

(p.128) 8 Temporal Changes in Mortuary Behavior
Mississippian Mortuary Practices

Robert C. Mainfqrt Jr.

Rita Fisher-Carroll

University Press of Florida

This essay focuses on the central Mississippi valley, more specifically late-period mortuary populations therein, that are roughly contemporary and probably date between about A.D. 1350 and 1550. There are few radiocarbon dates, and none directly date human burials. There is at present little basis for inferring temporal relationships between late-period sites in the region, much less for seriating graves within individual sites. This essay examines changes in mortuary practices that probably occurred within a few generations at two late-period sites in northeast Arkansas: Middle Nodena and Upper Nodena. It analyzes the issue of relative ages of the sites based upon mortuary data (including funerary objects). The sites differ in the location of ceramic vessels within individual graves.

Keywords:   Mississippi, radiocarbon dates, burials, graves, mortuary practices, Arkansas, Middle Nodena, Upper Nodena, funerary objects, ceramic vessels

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