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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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Ritual Life and Landscape at Tunacunnhee

Ritual Life and Landscape at Tunacunnhee

(p.196) 13 Ritual Life and Landscape at Tunacunnhee
Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast

Victoria G. Dekle

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses ritual interactions at the Middle Woodland site of Tunacunnhee (9Dd25) in Dade County, Georgia. Previous excavation and analysis demonstrates that Tunacunnhee was located in a strategic position for Middle Woodland exchange throughout the Southeast, and modern perspectives on leadership, landscape, and identity further illuminate these social interactions. This chapter presents evidence of ritual practices at Tunacunnhee and proposes a landscape model for ritual interactions at the site. Landscape approaches are not simply regional studies of settlement and exchange, but are rather detailed considerations of social possibilities and restrictions within particular geographical and temporal locations. Landscapes are also multiscalar and this study of Tunacunnhee’s ritual landscape examines social interaction at three different analytical scales: (1) the larger Hopewell region across Eastern North America, (2) local politics in the lower Tennessee River basin, and (3) individual identity as discerned through varying mortuary contexts.

Keywords:   Tunacunnhee, Hopewell, identity, ritual landscape, multiscalar analysis, politics

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