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Ecology, Culture, Conflict and Diet: Comparisons of Two Late Prehistoric Sites in Southeastern Wisconsin

Author(s): Rachel McTavish ; Jennifer Picard

Year: 2015

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The late prehistoric landscape of Southeastern Wisconsin was characterized by the dynamic interaction of at least three distinct ceramic cultures. The Aztalan site (47JE001) has yielded both Late Woodland and Middle Mississippian vessels dating between A.D. 1000-1200, indicating a period of cultural coexistence. At the nearby Crescent Bay Hunt Club Site (47JE904), in the Lake Koshkonong locality, Upper Mississippian Oneota ceramics have been recovered; no indication of a coexistent occupation with other cultural groups is present at the site. Radiocarbon dates indicate overlapping occupations at Aztalan and the Lake Koshkonong locality.

Recent paleoethnobotanical and zooarchaeological research suggests that differences in ceramic technology mirror differences in diet. Reasons for these differences are explored through an examination of site placement, ecology, intergroup conflict, identity, and larger regional connections. ​

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Ecology, Culture, Conflict and Diet: Comparisons of Two Late Prehistoric Sites in Southeastern Wisconsin. Jennifer Picard, Rachel McTavish. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397839)


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

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