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Power and Purpose: The role of animals in ritual context at a mid-continental site in the Fourteenth Century

Author(s): Autumn Beyer ; Terrance Martin ; Jodie O'Gorman

Year: 2017

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A variety of ritual contexts are documented at the Oneota and Mississippian Morton Village site and the associated Norris Farms Cemetery in Fulton County, Illinois. These include multi-scalar mortuary contexts, communal ritual structures, and smaller domestic-related facilities. Animal remains from both food and faunal tools, along with artifacts that are imbued with animal symbolism, were found in each context. This paper explores the variability and looks for patterning of animal use within these ritual contexts to better understand the linkages between animals and religion within a social context of ethnic interaction and cultural negotiation.


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Power and Purpose: The role of animals in ritual context at a mid-continental site in the Fourteenth Century. Autumn Beyer, Terrance Martin, Jodie O'Gorman. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429127)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16144

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