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Constructing HistoriesArchaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of the St. Johns River, Florida$
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Asa R. Randall

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061016

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061016.001.0001

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Mount Taylor Places in Time and Space

Mount Taylor Places in Time and Space

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Constructing Histories

Asa R. Randal

University Press of Florida

Cross-culturally, the arrangement of residential and ceremonial architecture can reveal how communities were composed and how they integrated elements of the past within more recent landscapes. Shell mounds are the most visible evidence of Mount Taylor occupation on the St. Johns River. Detailed study and description of these places has been seriously hampered by destructive twentieth-century land use practices, such as the mining of mounds for road aggregate. Chapter 5 examines the range of variation in Mount Taylor shell sites in time and space by synthesizing and interpreting historic, pre-mining observations; aerial remote sensing data, such as photographs and LiDAR; and modern excavation data. The author explains how, by placing these data into a GIS, topographic maps can be generated, which enable a historical typology of shell site arrangement and location through time.

Keywords:   Mount Taylor, St. Johns River, GIS, LiDAR, remote sensing, architecture, shell mound, shell sites, site typology, topographic maps

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