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EVALUATING MOBILITY, MONUMENTALITY, AND FEASTING AT THE SAPELO ISLAND SHELL RING COMPLEX

Part of the Sapelo Island project

Author(s): Victor D. Thompson ; C. Fred T. Andrus

Year: 2008

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Summary

Two of the most salient anthropological questions regarding Southeastern shell ring sites are related

to the season(s) that they were occupied and whether or not the deposits represent monumental

constructions and/or feasting remains. This paper addresses these questions through the analysis

growth band of clams (Mercenaria spp.) and stable oxygen isotope ratios of clam and oyster shells

(Crassostrea virginica) at the Sapelo Island Shell Ring complex located on the Georgia coast, USA. The season of death of individual specimens and their position in the shell matrix at Sapelo provides

important information on the rate of shell deposition and the season(s) the site was occupied. These

data support the view that at least some portion of the population at Sapelo occupied the site yearround. Additionally, while it appears that two shell rings at the site formed through the gradual

deposition and accumulation of daily subsistence, other areas evidence feasting activities and may

lend credence to the view that at some point shell rings become monuments, commemorating rituals

and gatherings.


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EVALUATING MOBILITY, MONUMENTALITY, AND FEASTING AT THE SAPELO ISLAND SHELL RING COMPLEX. Victor D. Thompson, C. Fred T. Andrus. 2008 ( tDAR id: 372303) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8Z89B8S


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min long: -81.312; min lat: 31.374 ; max long: -81.151; max lat: 31.564 ;

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