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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 Social Histories

Mount Taylor Social Histories

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Constructing Histories

Asa R. Randal

University Press of Florida

Chapter 7 summarizes the volume and presents a new social history of the Mount Taylor period. The intensive shellfishing that started 7,500 years ago occurred during a period of significant environmental change, not stability. Communities created ceremonial shell ridges by renewing the surface of shell mounds. By 6,500 years ago, communities constructed both residences and mortuary mounds which referenced earlier shell sites. After 5,700 years ago, major environmental and social transformations necessitated the rejection of earlier residential and ceremonial traditions. The chapter concludes by examining the history of the St. Johns River region after the Mount Taylor period and briefly identifies similarities, differences, and moments when communities tried to re-create the past.

Keywords:   Mount Taylor period, shell mound, environmental change, transformation, traditions, residences, mortuary mounds, shell site reuse, social history, intensive shellfishing

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