Migration and Cohabitation at Morton Village: Future Research Directions


New evidence for Oneota/Mississippian cohabitation at Morton Village leads us to develop novel questions and models for understanding the nature of social interaction at the site, while also recontextualizing previous analyses and interpretations within a revised framework of migration, cooperation, and ethnogenesis. In addition to carrying out additional excavations to further test hypotheses about the nature of co-habitation and social stress at the site by examining site structure, foodways, architecture, and other material culture, future research directions include, 1) a consideration of Turner’s (1969) concept of communitas as a potential interpretive framework; 2) resituating bioarchaeological trauma analyses within the contemporary sociocultural literature on community experiences of violence in migrational contexts; 3) modeling social interaction and raw material distribution patterns through the application of geochemical analysis as a method of clarifying cultural integration; 4) development of a model for comparing regional Oneota and Mississippian mortuary practices that explicitly considers the nature of migration and cohabitation; 5) ceramic use-wear analysis; and 6) ceramic analysis as a means of exploring movements of individuals, ideas, and material culture with a particular emphasis on exchange, mobility, and the social negotiation of identity.

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Migration and Cohabitation at Morton Village: Future Research Directions. Jennifer Bengtson, Jeffrey Painter, Frank Raslich, Nikki Silva, Andrew Upton. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397231)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;