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Moundville, near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is one of the largest pre-Columbian mound sites in North America. Comprising twenty-nine earthen mounds that were once platforms for chiefly residences and temples, Moundville was a major political and religious center for the people living in its region and for the wider Mississippian world.

A much-needed synthesis of the rapidly expanding archaeological work that has taken place in the region over the past two decades, this volume presents the results of multifaceted research and new excavations. Using models deeply rooted in local ethnohistory, it ties Moundville and its people more closely than before to the ethnography of native southerners and emphasizes the role of social memory and ritual practices both at the mound center and in the hinterland, providing an up-to-date and refreshingly nuanced interpretation of Mississippian culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xix
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  1. 1. New Directions in Moundville Research
  2. Vincas P. Steponaitis and C. Margaret Scarry
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Social Archaeology of Monumental Spaces at Moundville
  2. Vernon James Knight Jr.
  3. pp. 23-43
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  1. 3. Long-Term Trends in the Making and Materialization of Social Groups at Moundville
  2. Gregory D. Wilson
  3. pp. 44-53
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  1. 4. Mound X and Selective Forgetting at Early Moundville
  2. John H. Blitz
  3. pp. 54-73
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  1. 5. Was There a Moundville Medicine Society?
  2. George E. Lankford
  3. pp. 74-98
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  1. 6. The Distribution of Hemphill-Style Artifacts at Moundville
  2. Erin E. Phillips
  3. pp. 99-120
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  1. 7. Moundville Palettes—Prestige Goods or Inalienable Possessions?
  2. Vincas P. Steponaitis
  3. pp. 121-133
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  1. 8. Rural Settlement in the Black Warrior Valley
  2. Scott W. Hammerstedt, Mintcy D. Maxham, and Jennifer L. M
  3. pp. 134-161
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  1. 9. Late Prehistoric Social Practice in the Rural Black Warrior River Valley
  2. John F. Scarry, H. Edwin Jackson, and Mintcy D. Maxham
  3. pp. 162-186
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  1. 10. Domestic and Ritual Meals in the Moundville Chiefdom
  2. H. Edwin Jackson, C. Margaret Scarry, and Susan Scott
  3. pp. 187-233
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  1. 11. Crafting Moundville Palettes
  2. Jera R. Davis
  3. pp. 234-254
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  1. 12. Moundville as a Ceremonial Ground
  2. C. Margaret Scarry and Vincas P. Steponaitis
  3. pp. 255-268
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  1. References
  2. pp. 269-300
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 301-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-324
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813055725
Related ISBN
9780813061665
MARC Record
OCLC
933251318
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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