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Mississippian Beginnings

Gregory D. Wilson

Abstract

Two decades ago Mississippian cultural origins were commonly viewed as the outcome of well-bounded Woodland populations evolving in situ. Different Mississippian polities were conceived of as organizationally comparable as they had evolved in similar environmental and cultural contexts. Today it is difficult to address the topic of Mississippian origins without directly engaging with evidence of organizational variation. Moreover, migrations, pilgrimages, violent conflicts, and other far flung entanglements now appear to have pervaded the early Mississippian past.

Keywords: Mississippian, cultural origins, Woodland populations, polities, environmental and cultural contexts, organizational variation, migrations, pilgrimages, conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781683400103
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400103.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory D. Wilson, editor
University of California Santa Barbara