The Study of Temper and its Wider Implications at the Cahokian Lunsford-Pulcher Site

Author(s): Joel Lennon; Leslie Drane

Year: 2015


Lunsford-Pulcher (11-S-40) is a Mississippian mound center located in the American Bottom, near modern day Dupo, Illinois. To date there has been limited excavation and analysis conducted at this important ceremonial village. For this study, 181 rim sherds from a surface collection by Timothy R. Pauketat and Bobby Pauketat were analyzed and then compared to other nearby Mississippian sites (the Washausen, Peiper, and Morrison sites), with a focus on the differences in temper usage. This paper will provide insight into whether people at Lunsford-Pulcher were less inclined to participate in particular Mississippian technological and aesthetic changes in comparison to surrounding sites through our examination of the stylistic and morphological ceramic differences. We investigate how Lunsford-Pulcher people may have used temper to express the fluid ontologies of their diverse population. Researching sites like the Lunsford-Pulcher is a necessary endeavor if we wish to further comprehend the assembling practices and ideologies that were present before and during the rise of Mississippian prominence.

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The Study of Temper and its Wider Implications at the Cahokian Lunsford-Pulcher Site. Leslie Drane, Joel Lennon. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397658)

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