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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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Working Out Adena Political Organization and Variation from the Ritual Landscape in the Kentucky Bluegrass

Working Out Adena Political Organization and Variation from the Ritual Landscape in the Kentucky Bluegrass

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(p.219) 15 Working Out Adena Political Organization and Variation from the Ritual Landscape in the Kentucky Bluegrass
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Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast
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Edward R. Henry

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044606.003.0015

Understanding how humans alter their surrounding landscape can, on a basic scale, help us understand how people were structured socially. Recent discourse on the Adena phenomenon has emphasized the amount of variation that exists within its ritual practices. This chapter uses a GIS to identify and examine the distribution of structural diversity among Adena mortuary practices in both pre-mound and mound contexts across the Kentucky Bluegrass Landscape. The distribution is used to develop a hypothesis for Adena political organization in this area of the Middle Ohio Valley. The hypothesis relies primarily on a heterarchical perspective that is paired with the theory of structuration to characterize how variation in Adena ritual developed across the Bluegrass landscape through time.

Keywords:   Adena, burial mounds, mortuary ritual, GIS, heterarchy, structuration

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