Following the Shell: Pxrf Analysis on Engraved Busycon Whelk from Spiro and Cahokia
Author(s): Bobi Deere
Marine shell was ubiquitous in the Mississippian Southeast. In an effort to shed light on where the shell originated, X-Ray Fluorescence analysis was done on a sample of Spiro engraved shell, and on Cahokian engraved shell. As a second line of questioning, results were separated by previously assigned styles, including Braden and Craig. At this point, sourcing with the Pxrf only points to either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Coast. However, interesting questions have arisen in the data about trade routes and interaction among the prehistoric Mississippian people.
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Following the Shell: Pxrf Analysis on Engraved Busycon Whelk from Spiro and Cahokia. Bobi Deere. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404692)
min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;