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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 Adena Mortuary Landscape

The Adena Mortuary Landscape

Off-Mound Rituals and Burial Mounds

(p.45) 3 The Adena Mortuary Landscape
Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast

David Pollack

Eric J. Schlarb

University Press of Florida

The Evans site is an off-mound ritual locality in Montgomery County, Kentucky. Among the activities conducted there were the processing of clay, and the manufacturing of mica and barite objects for use in mortuary rituals. These rituals involved feasting and preparing the dead for interment in a large burial mound located 350 m west of the Evans site. For brief periods of time, the Evans site would have been an important place on the Adena mortuary landscape as people gathered to conduct mortuary rituals, reaffirm social relationships, and transport the cremated remains of the dead to the nearby mound.

Keywords:   ritual, mortuary, Adena, feasting, off-mound, cremation, mica, barite

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