Landscapes of Mississippian Rock Art in the Southeast

Author(s): Jan Simek; Alan Cressler

Year: 2016


Prehistoric rock art has been relatively unknown in the American Southeast until the past few decades. In the 1970's Wellman's catalog of North American rock art contained a handful of sites east of the Mississippi River; today there are hundreds of sites recorded for Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and areas east of the Appalachian Mountains. The great majority of these sites probably date to the Late Prehistoric period, and there are clear regional variations in how rock art was produced and in its subject matter. In this paper, we review regional variation in late prehistoric rock art in the Southeast and examine how rock art reflects ideological landscapes imposed on natural landforms in at least one major case.

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Landscapes of Mississippian Rock Art in the Southeast. Jan Simek, Alan Cressler. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403488)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

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