Ceramic Variability in the Ocmulgee River Big Bend Region of Georgia, Post 1540

Author(s): Rachel Hensler

Year: 2015


Spanish colonization of the South Atlantic coast in the 16th and 17th centuries had wide reaching effects on the greater Southeast. The Big Bend region of the Ocmulgee River Valley lies about 160 km from the coastal mission effort. However, Native Americans in the area were in contact with Coastal Native groups both prior to and after European contact, making the area a good case study to better understand how changes in the social structure of Native groups on the coast affected the interior of Georgia. This poster will present preliminary results of ceramic analysis from two Native American sites in the Big Bend Region, one which is characteristic of the local Lamar pottery, and one which is characteristic of pottery local to the coastal mission area, though not made there. Macroscopic analysis of changing tempers and styles will be compared to pottery made in the mission influenced area. Understanding changes in vessel forms and construction techniques, along with changes in style will show the nature of interaction between the Native groups in the Big Bend region and groups in coastal Georgia. These analyses will give insight into the nature of social change after European contact in the region.

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Ceramic Variability in the Ocmulgee River Big Bend Region of Georgia, Post 1540. Rachel Hensler. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398057)

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