Making Mounds, Making Communities in the Mississippian Period Midwest

Author(s): Tamira Brennan

Year: 2016


Community is an expandable concept, at once representing social groups from scales as small as the household to those as broad as pathways of communication. This paper highlights the importance of examining archaeological data at these multiple spatial scales, but also at various scales of time, in order to more fully explore the social and historical processes that directed community development along their varied courses. Examples from several Mississippian period mound centers in the American and Black Bottoms of southern Illinois (ca. A.D. 1050-1450) illustrate how daily and repeated engagements between people, places, and things actively made, maintained, or re-forged communities.

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Making Mounds, Making Communities in the Mississippian Period Midwest. Tamira Brennan. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403414)


Spatial Coverage

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