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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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Persistent Place, Shifting Practice

Persistent Place, Shifting Practice

The Premound Landscape at the Garden Creek Site, North Carolina

(p.108) 7 Persistent Place, Shifting Practice
Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast

Alice P. Wright

University Press of Florida

Earthen platform mounds are among the most striking material signatures of the Middle Woodland period in the Southeast. To situate these important components of the landscape in time, I investigate the summit and pre-mound surfaces and features at Garden Creek Mound No. 2 in North Carolina by viewing it as a persistent place, even though its role and meaning may have changed through time. Specifically, I develop a GIS-based methodology for teasing out evidence of post alignments and structures below the mound, using data collected in the 1960s by the University of North Carolina’s Cherokee Project. This effort represents a first but critical step toward illuminating the social context of early monument construction in the Woodland Southeast.

Keywords:   platform mound, sub-mound architecture, persistent place, GIS, Connestee, Appalachian Summit, features

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