Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

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1. Mississippian Public Architecture, Leadership, and the Town Creek Community

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pp. 1-14

Numerous Mississippian societies developed across the southeastern United States beginning around a.d. 1000 (Smith 1986; Steponaitis 1986). The Mississippian rubric, which covers over 800 years and virtually all of southeastern North America, encompasses a great deal of variation regarding material culture, physiography, settlement patterns, and political organization...

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2. Architectural Analysis

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pp. 15-43

The goal of this book is to explore the relationship between mound construction and political change at Town Creek. The critical first step toward reaching this goal is attributing contexts such as buildings, features, burials, mound- construction stages, and nonbuilding architecture to different time periods in Town Creek’s history. Defining the spaces that served as the loci of...

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3. Occupational History of Town Creek

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pp. 44-65

This chapter presents a brief history of the late Prehistoric through early Historic period community that existed at Town Creek. Although little is known at this time about Town Creek’s Late Woodland and Protohistoric occupations, information on both is included in order to place the Mississippian community within a broader context. The discussion of each phase or period...

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4. Moortuary Analysis

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pp. 66-94

Town Creek’s rich mortuary record (Davis et al. 1996; Driscoll 2001) is a critical dataset for an exploration of the relationship between changes in Mississippian public architecture and changes in the nature of leadership. The interpretations presented in this chapter are based on the assumption that individuals who occupied leadership roles within the Mississippian community...

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5. Vessel Analysis

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pp. 95-104

The earthlodge- to- platform- mound model proposes that changes in Mississippian public architecture reflect a centralization of political power that accompanied the appearance of platform mounds (Anderson 1994:119–120, 1999:220; DePratter 1983:207–208; Rudolph 1984:40). While the mortuary data from Town Creek show that there were changes in the nature of...

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6. Conclusions

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pp. 105-115

This book has attempted to incorporate a wide range of data from as many contexts as possible into an exploration of the relationship between changes in public architecture and changes in social and political roles within the Mississippian community at Town Creek. Along the way, an attempt has been made to sketch out a history of the native community that existed there between ...

References

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pp. 117-132

Index

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pp. 133-134