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The Making of Mississippian Tradition$
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Christina M. Friberg

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401612

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401612.001.0001

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Architecture and Community Organization

Architecture and Community Organization

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The Making of Mississippian Tradition

Christina M. Friberg

University Press of Florida

This chapter addresses questions related to the impacts of Mississippianization on community organization at the Audrey site. It begins with a detailed architectural analysis, and a functional and spatial analysis of pit features from recent excavations. A comparative analysis of patterns from Audrey, Greater Cahokia, and northern hinterland sites is presented to assess whether Audrey villagers maintained a communally oriented, Woodland-era social organization or subscribed to a more hierarchically organized, Cahokian way of life. The Audrey site was a large nucleated Mississippian village with multiple types of structures including elite and special purpose buildings, reflecting a Cahokian architecture of power. Audrey inhabitants also continued to practice lifeways influenced by local Woodland traditions, including hybrid architectural techniques and communal domestic activities.

Keywords:   community organization, architectural analysis, spatial analysis, social organization, architecture of power, domestic activities, Cahokia, Audrey

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