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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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Maintaining Relations with Deer

Maintaining Relations with Deer

A Day in the Life in the Middle Archaic

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(p.80) 7 Maintaining Relations with Deer
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Investigating the Ordinary
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Christopher R. Moore

Richard W. Jefferies

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400219.003.0007

This chapter examines the way deer were entangled in the everyday lives of Middle Archaic peoples. The authors first delve into hunter-gatherer ethnography, principally from northern hunting societies, and argue that hunting cultures are rarely extractive at their core. Rather, human-animal relations in hunting societies are better conceived as a meshwork of entanglements and mutual obligations. They also draw on the Middle Archaic archaeological record, focusing on the Black Earth site in southern Illinois and several Green River Archaic sites in west central Kentucky, to argue that white-tailed deer were extremely important to Middle Archaic hunters, not only as sources of food but also as social and spiritual creatures.

Keywords:   Entanglement, Middle Archaic, Ethnography, Human-animal relations, Hunting societies, Deer

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