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A timely, comprehensive reevaluation of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex.

One of the most venerable concepts in Southeastern archaeology is that of the Southern Cult. The idea has its roots in the intensely productive decade (archaeologically) of the 1930s and is fundamentally tied to yet another venerable concept—Mississippian culture. The last comprehensive study of the melding of these two concepts into the term Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (SECC) is more than two decades old, yet our understanding of the objects, themes, and artistic styles associated with the SECC have changed a great deal. New primary data have come to light that bear directly on the complex, requiring a thorough reanalysis of both concepts and dating. Recent publications have ignited many debates about the dating and the nature of the SECC.

This work presents new data and new ideas on the temporal and social contexts, artistic styles, and symbolic themes included in the complex. It also demonstrates that engraved shell gorgets, along with other SECC materials, were
produced before A.D. 1400.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. 1. The Southeastern Ceremonial Complex: From Cult to Complex
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Prolegomena for the Analysis of theSoutheastern Ceremonial Complex
  2. pp. 15-37
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  1. 3. Chronological Implications of the Bellows- Shaped Apron
  2. pp. 38-57
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  1. 4. Mound 34: The Context for the Early Evidence of theSoutheastern Ceremonial Complex at Cahokia
  2. pp. 58-87
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  1. 5. Shell Gorgets, Time, and the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex in Southeastern Tennessee
  2. pp. 88-106
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  1. 6. Mound C and the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex in the History of the Etowah Site
  2. pp. 107-133
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  1. 7. Connections Between the Etowah and Lake Jackson Chiefdoms: Patterns in the Iconographic and Material Evidence
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. 8. An Assessment of Moundville Engraved "Cult"€ Designs from Potsherds
  2. pp. 151-164
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  1. 9. Hightower Anthropomorphic Marine Shell Gorgets and Duck River Sword- Form Flint Bifaces: Middle Mississippian Ritual Regalia in the Southern Appalachians
  2. pp. 165-184
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  1. 10. Mississippian Shell Gorgets in Regional Perspective
  2. pp. 185-231
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  1. 11. Sex and the Southern Cult
  2. pp. 232-250
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  1. 12. Whither SECC?
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 259-287
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 289-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-305
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817381363
Related ISBN
9780817354091
MARC Record
OCLC
212622551
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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