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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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New Insights on the Woodland and Mississippi Periods of West-Peninsular Florida

New Insights on the Woodland and Mississippi Periods of West-Peninsular Florida

(p.74) 4 New Insights on the Woodland and Mississippi Periods of West-Peninsular Florida
New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida

George M. Luer

University Press of Florida

Dynamic Woodland and Mississippian societies flourished across west-peninsular Florida, an integral part of the Southeast. Native people constructed spaces for social, political, and economic agendas, including monumental burial mounds, elevated living surfaces, ramps, walkways, causeways, breakwaters, and canoe canals. At some sites, bilateral arrangements of mounds may reflect social organization and differentiated residence patterns. Native people exploited the environment according to cultural values, consuming or avoiding different kinds of animals as foods, and sometimes engaging in feasting that probably reinforced chiefly and client reciprocal relationships. At burial mounds, a three-stage process of ritualization in mortuary activity is revealed by intentionally broken ceramics. Modern land development has destroyed many of the region’s sites and endangers remaining ones.

Keywords:   Woodland, Mississippian, Monumental, Canals, Foods, Feasting, Ceramics, Ritualization

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