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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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Constituting Similarity and Difference in the Deep South

Constituting Similarity and Difference in the Deep South

The Ritual and Domestic Landscapes of Kolomoki, Crystal River, and Fort Center

(p.181) 12 Constituting Similarity and Difference in the Deep South
Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast

Thomas J. Pluckhahn

Victor D. Thompson

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses new field and laboratory research at the temporally overlapping Kolomoki, Fort Center, and Crystal River sites in Georgia and Florida. We focus on the setting, scale, and form of these ritual and domestic landscapes, highlighting points of contrast and commonality, as a first, small step toward a broader synthesis of the archaeology of the region. Our review suggests to us that these landscapes were constructed in a manner that strategically emphasized both similarity and difference through variations on common themes, and thus a greater degree of historical and social connectedness than permitted by prevailing models. We suggest that the variety and similarity found in these mounded landscapes indicate a loose rather than highly structured monumental grammar. The similarities and differences in these landscapes, which we explore phenomenologically, provided the builders, as well as the larger population, with a way to build both a local and larger regional identity.

Keywords:   built environment, scale, phenomenology, monuments, Middle Woodland, interaction

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