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Trans-egalitarian Society in the Transitional Archaic

Author(s): Heather Wholey

Year: 2016

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Transitional Period settlement ecology and material culture in eastern Pennsylvania indicates the emergence of a cultural complex expressive of trans-egalitarian society. This includes centralized riverine settlements characterized by large thermally altered features, concentrations of soapstone vessels, and proximity to seasonally predictable food resources, such as migratory fish and drought tolerant herbaceous plants, that could be intensively managed or cultivated. This presentation discusses the warmer and drier climate conditions of the mid-Holocene, and examines the concept of trans-egalitarian society and the practice of alliance feasting as a context for understanding the relatively short-term patterning of the Transitional Archaic.


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Trans-egalitarian Society in the Transitional Archaic. Heather Wholey. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404262)


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min long: -84.067; min lat: 36.031 ; max long: -72.026; max lat: 43.325 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America