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New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida$
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Neill J. Wallis and Asa R. Randall

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049366

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049366.001.0001

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Deconstructing and Reconstructing Caloosahatchee Shell Mound Building

Deconstructing and Reconstructing Caloosahatchee Shell Mound Building

(p.38) 2 Deconstructing and Reconstructing Caloosahatchee Shell Mound Building
New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida

Theresa Schober

University Press of Florida

Coastal shell mounds in the Caloosahatchee region are often dichotomously interpreted as either long-term midden accumulations or purposeful constructions reflecting intra- and extra-regional social phenomena. This chapter explores complex construction of one shell matrix site in Estero Bay. Analysis of radiocarbon assays of site occupation and building episodes reveals monumental construction on the human scale of generations. In combination with regional data on site settlement shifts, the role of sociopolitical competition in Calusa monumentality earlier than previously accepted is addressed.

Keywords:   Monumentality, Caloosahatchee Region, Sociopolitical competition, Shell mound, Estero Bay, Calusa

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