The Importance of the Center: Exploring Circular Spaces in the Lower Mississippi Valley
Author(s): Megan Kassabaum
The mound-and-plaza complex is a hallmark of late prehistoric sites in the Lower Mississippi Valley. While these mounds and the spaces between them have been the focus of much productive research, many mound-and-plaza centers began as circular or oval-shaped middens and only later incorporated mounds. Moreover, sites organized around central "empty" spaces are common starting in the Archaic period. I argue that by examining these earlier and less frequently studied examples of "plazas," we can increase our understanding of how later mound-and-plaza centers are used and specifically, their functions as gathering places and locations of communal ritual activity.
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The Importance of the Center: Exploring Circular Spaces in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Megan Kassabaum. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397028)
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