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Building the PastPrehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley-Great Lakes$
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Brian G. Redmond and Robert A. Genheimer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060408

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060408.001.0001

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Fort Ancient Public Structures

Fort Ancient Public Structures

(p.295) 11 Fort Ancient Public Structures
Building the Past

David Pollack

A. Gwynn Henderson

University Press of Florida

Archaeologists have documented diverse types of wooden post structures at Fort Ancient village sites in the middle Ohio River Valley. Most work has focused on those interpreted as domestic structures as opposed to public structures which have not garnered as much interpretive attention. Large size, differences in structural elements, associated artifact assemblages, and location within the village suggest that these structures took on additional roles. This chapter outlines the architectural similarities and differences among public structures at three Kentucky Fort Ancient sites and considers the kinds of activities that may have taken place within them. Data reveal a shift from ceremonies that were open to all, to ones where village leaders had more control over who attended and who participated in these events. This shift may have coincided with changes in Fort Ancient socio-political organization that were tied to population aggregation, longer village occupation spans, and increased extraregional exchange.

Keywords:   Kentucky Fort Ancient, Village sites, Public structures, Village leaders, Population aggregation, Extraregional exchange

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