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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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Histories Inscribed in Place

Histories Inscribed in Place

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Constructing Histories

Asa R. Randal

University Press of Florida

An alternative to assuming that shell sites were created and used exclusively as trash heaps is to track the changing ways and social contexts in which shell and other materials were deposited in particular places. In chapter 6, Randall argues that shell sites are better understood as “living architecture,” which is socially active and has relationships with persons and places. Examining the histories of Mount Taylor shell sites by reconstructing place biographies that emerged from the deposition of materials in place, Randall focuses on the three major episodes identified in shell site distribution identified in chapter 5. Changes in the deposition of materials illustrates how shell sites were central to community histories through time: depending on the context, shell sites could be mortuary mounds, ceremonial aggregation sites, or residences.

Keywords:   Mount Taylor, shell sites, trash heaps, context, ritualized deposition, site biography, mortuary mound, ceremonial site, living architecture, deposition, community history

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