Coming Together: Evidence of Ritual and Public Space as a Mechanism of Social Integration

Author(s): Frank Raslich; Michael Conner; Jodie O'Gorman

Year: 2015


Structure 16 at the Morton Village site (11F2) provides a unique opportunity to examine social interactions between Oneota and Mississippian populations situated within the Central Illinois River Valley. Prior to our work, the nature of these interactions at this site was poorly understood. Burgeoning data supports our interpretation of a cohabitation at Morton Village between these populations following Oneota in-migration. A method of this integration is demonstrated through ritualistic activity expressed extensively at structure 16. This structure is a unique public space illuminating various forms of ritual. Our archaeological investigations at structure 16 provide strong evidence of cultural admixture within an exclusively integrated public domain. Our data suggests a negotiation of identity occurs, after the Oneota in-migration, through the active adaptation of select traits, activities, and behaviors between these populations. We explore the nature of integration that existed between the Oneota and Mississippian populations identified through the material remains and architecture found at structure 16.

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Coming Together: Evidence of Ritual and Public Space as a Mechanism of Social Integration. Frank Raslich, Jodie O'Gorman, Michael Conner. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397233)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

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