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Investigating the OrdinaryEveryday Matters in Southeast Archaeology$
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Sarah E. Price and Philip J. Carr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400219

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400219.001.0001

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An Ethnoarchaeological Interpretation of the Salt Life, A.D. 1200

An Ethnoarchaeological Interpretation of the Salt Life, A.D. 1200

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Investigating the Ordinary

Ashley A. Dumas

University Press of Florida

This chapter narratively reconstructs the salt-making process in the Mississippian period using archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic data and information. The author proposes that salt was an everyday substance for many prehistoric southeastern peoples. Her claim is grounded in biological, archaeological, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic evidence from cultures around the world who maintain that salt was important to many ancient peoples for their physical, spiritual, and social well-being. The author argues that her narrative approach, as with any useful interpretive tool, is based on data from excavations and analysis of artifacts, and that it unites cultural ideals about family, religion, housing, subsistence, reproduction, and other elements of daily life that are embedded within not only salt production and consumption but also many other practices.

Keywords:   Salt, Mississippian period, Narrative

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