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Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast$
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Alice P. Wright and Edward R. Henry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044606

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044606.001.0001

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The Creation of Ritual Space at the Jackson Landing Site in Coastal Mississippi

The Creation of Ritual Space at the Jackson Landing Site in Coastal Mississippi

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(p.153) 10 The Creation of Ritual Space at the Jackson Landing Site in Coastal Mississippi
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Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast
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Edmond A. Boudreaux

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044606.003.0010

This chapter will consider how the construction of earthen monuments—a semi-circular earthwork and a platform mound—created a ritual space at the Jackson Landing site, an early Late Woodland (AD 400-700) site located in coastal Mississippi. Comparisons to other Woodland period sites with monumental architecture suggest a number of similarities regarding the organization of space and the construction of monuments relative to natural features of the landscape. Similarities with other sites suggest ideas about how ritual space was created and used at Jackson Landing. These similarities, along with Jackson Landing’s size and location along two major waterways, suggest that Jackson Landing was the location of ritual activities that integrated groups at a regional, and perhaps inter-regional, scale.

Keywords:   monumental architecture, ritual, early Late Woodland period, Mississippi, platform mound, earthwork, Gulf Coast

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