tDAR Logo tDAR digital antiquity

The View from Mazique (22Ad502): Reconsidering the Coles Creek / Plaquemine Cultural Transition from the Perspective of the Natchez Bluffs Region of the Lower Mississippi Valley

Author(s): Daniel LaDu ; Ian W. Brown

Year: 2015

» Downloads & Basic Metadata

Summary

Around A.D. 1000 Mississippian culture emerged in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. Originating around the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, Mississippian culture rapidly spread south and east, radically transforming Late Woodland societies in its wake. Although Mississippian culture had come to dominate much of the interior of the Southeast by A.D. 1100, its advance into the Lower Mississippi Valley was impeded. Here, Mississippian societies encountered the Late Woodland Coles Creek culture that resisted replacement or transformation for the better part of a century, and it was not until A.D. 1200 that the Lower Mississippi Valley experienced a major reorganization of lifeways. Through the selective adoption of new forms of socio-political organization, settlement, and subsistence, Coles Creek culture gave way to Plaquemine culture. Current perceptions of this transition rely heavily on studies conducted in the Lower Yazoo and Tensas basins, and have produced conflicting interpretations regarding Plaquemine origins. Drawing on the results of excavations conducted during 2012 and 2013, this paper examines how this important transition manifested at the Mazique site and reconsiders Plaquemine culture from the perspective of the Natchez Bluffs region.

SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.


This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Cite this Record

The View from Mazique (22Ad502): Reconsidering the Coles Creek / Plaquemine Cultural Transition from the Perspective of the Natchez Bluffs Region of the Lower Mississippi Valley. Daniel LaDu, Ian W. Brown. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397675)


Keywords


Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America