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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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Monumentality beyond Scale

Monumentality beyond Scale

The Elaboration of Mounded Architecture at Crystal River

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New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida

Thomas J. Pluckhahn

Victor D. Thompson

University Press of Florida

Archaeologists commonly employ Bruce Trigger’s definition of monumental architecture as that exhibiting scale or elaboration exceeding the practical requirements of intended purpose. In practice, however, archaeologists have tended to emphasize scale alone, perhaps because size is more easily observed and quantified. This chapter argues for the need to grant greater consideration to elaboration, using the famous Crystal River site in west-central Florida as a case study. The greater elaboration of monumental construction helped distinguish the community at Crystal River from its peers, and may account for its disproportionate representation of prestige goods.

Keywords:   Crystal River, monumental architecture, prestige goods

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