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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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Late Middle Woodland Settlement and Ritual at the Armory Site

Late Middle Woodland Settlement and Ritual at the Armory Site

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(p.167) 11 Late Middle Woodland Settlement and Ritual at the Armory Site
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Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast
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Paul N. Eubanks

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044606.003.0011

This chapter discusses Late Middle Woodland Settlement and Ritual at the Armory site located along the Alabama River in central Alabama. Following a distributional analysis of local and non-local pottery from this site, it is argued that a non-local population from the Gulf Coast traveled to the Armory site, where they cohabitated on opposing sides of the site with a local population from central Alabama. While it is difficult to tease out the motivations of prehistoric peoples from the archaeological record, it is argued here that ritual, perhaps in the form of “pilgrimage,” was the primary motivation behind the movement of people from the Gulf Coast into central Alabama.

Keywords:   settlement, ritual, late Middle Woodland, pilgrimage, Armory site

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