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Household-level production and consumption at South-Cape, a Mississippian hinterland site in southeast Missouri

Author(s): Deseray Helton ; Elizabeth Sobel ; F. Scott Worman ; Jennifer Bengtson ; Jack Ray

Year: 2017

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Summary

Mississippian archaeology displays a longstanding bias towards the study of large, mound-bearing sites. Studies of small, "hinterland" sites that lack mounds are relatively uncommon. Our research addresses this problem through a study of flaked stone tool technological organization at South Cape, a Mississippian hinterland site (23CG8) that is located in southeast Missouri and does not contain mounds. We compare flaked stone artifacts from two house features, including one that may have been the site of specialized rituals, to test several hypotheses about the flaked stone technologies of site residents. The hypotheses concern the acquisition, reduction, and symbolism of local V.S. non-local chert, and address the role of flaked stone tool production and consumption as a component of the household economy. The results contribute to our understanding of the Mississippian world by providing a fuller understanding of lithic technologies and household economies at non-mound hinterland sites.


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Household-level production and consumption at South-Cape, a Mississippian hinterland site in southeast Missouri. Deseray Helton, Elizabeth Sobel, F. Scott Worman, Jennifer Bengtson, Jack Ray. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429295)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15958

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