Visions of Substance in Eleventh Century Mid-America

Author(s): Timothy Pauketat; Susan Alt

Year: 2016


Various archaeological approaches exaggerate relations with objects at the expense of the affectivity of substances, phenomena, materials, and spaces. New data from the 11th century foundations of the Cahokian world suggest that the experience of substantial, phenomenal, material and spatial qualities were the primary constituents of a form of religious conversion also known as Mississippianization. Circular buildings at the Emerald site embodied these qualities and point to the creation of novel relationships between water, earth, moon and people. Cahokians carried such practices far to the north, where another shrine complex highlights the need to consider ontologies alongside colonial or missionizing dynamics.

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Visions of Substance in Eleventh Century Mid-America. Timothy Pauketat, Susan Alt. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404026)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

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