Long-Distance Connections Across the Southeastern US and Mesoamerica

Author(s): Nancy White

Year: 2017


Despite over a century of research, unquestionable evidence of routine and sustained interaction/communication between the U.S. Southeast and Mesoamerica remains elusive. Similarities in iconography and ritual are very general, possibly ancient. Mexican obsidian and tropical plants occur rarely and only at the outskirts of the Southeast, while earthen mounds and some Mississippian-like artifacts occur on the northern Mexican Gulf Coast. The most glaring (absence of) evidence is the lack of products such as cotton and especially alcohol in the Southeast. Both environmental and cultural processes must account for what was sporadic and limited interaction.

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Long-Distance Connections Across the Southeastern US and Mesoamerica. Nancy White. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429397)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 13244