Bayesian chronological models for Mississippian fortifications with bastions

Author(s): Anthony Krus

Year: 2016


Bayesian chronological modeling is used to investigate the origins and causes of warfare during the Mississippian Period (AD 1000-1500) in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. Radiocarbon results from seven Mississippian centers are presented within an interpretative Bayesian statistical framework. The results indicate that bastioned palisades were built and maintained primarily in AD 1200-1400. While there are a number of reasons for the origins of widespread intensified Mississippian warfare, it appears to have been sustained by a climate of political instability. Additionally, Mississippian centers continued to construct and maintain palisades for generations demonstrating long lasting social and psychological transformations.

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Bayesian chronological models for Mississippian fortifications with bastions. Anthony Krus. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404679)

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