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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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Like a Dead Dog

Like a Dead Dog

Strategic Ritual Choice in the Mortuary Enterprise

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Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast

R. Berle Clay

University Press of Florida

I argue that a national bias on the part of American archaeologists leads to a focus on Middle Woodland burial mounds simply as landscape monuments to the dead created through extended acts of dedicatory mortuary ritual. I suggest we should not ignore the extent to which the complicated and variable ritual performance that the mounds imply reflects planning ahead by funeral parties for the conclusion of larger ritual events which may not simply be involved in memorializing the individual.

Keywords:   burial mounds, mortuary ritual, memorialization, bias

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