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Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology$
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Tanya M. Peres

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049274

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049274.001.0001

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Shell Trade

Shell Trade

Craft Production at a Fourteenth-Century Mississippian Frontier

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Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology

Maureen S. Meyers

University Press of Florida

As Maureen S. Meyers explains in chapter 4, “Shell Trade: Craft Production at a Fourteenth-Century Mississippian Frontier,” craft production and distribution are important components of power in chiefdoms. In the Mississippian Southeast, craft production and chiefly power has been examined in detail at large centers, primarily Cahokia. Frontiers of chiefdoms are often inhabited for purposes of trade, and the identification of frontiers for all parts of the Mississippian Southeast aids in understanding the full spectrum of exchange during this period. One such frontier, the Carter Robinson site, contains evidence of craft production. This evidence is presented here, along with a discussion of how examining this frontier site adds to our knowledge of Mississippian trade, economy, and chiefly power.

Keywords:   Cahokia, Mississippian trade, Carter Robinson site

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