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Location, Location, Location: Multi-scalar Investigations into the Unexpected Timing and Length of Occupation of a Late Woodland and Early Mississippian site in the Lower Mississippi Valley

Author(s): Scott Meeks ; Howard Cyr ; Hunter Johnson ; Rocco de Gregory

Year: 2015

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Summary

Site 22HO626 is a multicomponent site located along an abandoned meander loop of the Yazoo River, Holmes County, Mississippi. Due to the presence of surface collected exotic lithic materials and a close proximity to the Poverty Point center of Jaketown, 22HO626 was expected to represent a Late Archaic settlement within the lower Mississippi Valley. However, work by the University of Tennessee’s Archaeological Research Laboratory and Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research indicates a more recent period of occupation for this riverside location, beginning during the Late Woodland period and continuing only into the Early Mississippian. This multidisciplinary study, which incorporates site-level artifact, feature, and stratigraphic analyses with a landscape-scale remote sensing investigation, provides an explanation for the unexpectedly late period of occupation and for its relatively short duration. This case study illustrates the importance of multi-scalar approaches in examinations of cultural resources and settlement strategies within dynamic environments such as those found within the complex fluvial landscape of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain.

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Location, Location, Location: Multi-scalar Investigations into the Unexpected Timing and Length of Occupation of a Late Woodland and Early Mississippian site in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Howard Cyr, Scott Meeks, Rocco de Gregory, Hunter Johnson. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398210)


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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