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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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Mound Building as Daily Practice

Mound Building as Daily Practice

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(p.154) 12 Mound Building as Daily Practice
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Investigating the Ordinary
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Tristam R. Kidder

Sarah C. Sherwood

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400219.003.0012

This chapter reconsiders monumental architecture as everyday, both for people in the past and archaeologists today. Since the authors see sediments as evidence akin to artifacts, they assert that it is capable of being interpreted in many of the same ways. How a mound site is prepared; where the earth comes from; how it was moved; and the ways it was built up, shaped, packed down, and repaired are all important considerations for understanding not just the engineering of the mounds (and make no mistake, the native mound builders were sophisticated earthen engineers) but also the organization and mobilization of labor; the deployment of resources; and the social, cultural, and symbolic values of the builders. Born out of the natural landscape and created as a central places in the cultural landscape, mounds were essential parts of everyday routines, planning, and memory.

Keywords:   Mounds, Mound building, Architectural grammar, Sediments

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