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Migration and Cultural Emplacement on the Mississippian Periphery: A Fort Ancient Example

Author(s): Aaron Comstock ; Robert Cook

Year: 2017

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Recent excavations at the Turpin site (33HA19) in southwest Ohio, have reestablished the importance of population movement in cultural emplacement in this region. Although the predominant model for Fort Ancient evolution in the Middle Ohio Valley posits gradual village development and relatively late (post-AD 1400) Mississippian influence, work at Turpin and other sites in the lower Miami Valleys suggests that the movement of Mississippian people acted as a catalyst for change beginning around AD 1050-1100. The focus of this presentation is on results from recent excavation and analysis of assemblages from two wall trench structures. Chronological and material culture data suggest that early occupation (AD 1030-1200) of Turpin is consistent with Mississippian villages throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Later occupation (AD 1200-1275) at Turpin is more consistent with more "typical" Fort Ancient sites in the region. The largest implication of these findings is that Mississippian involvement was seminal in the development of Fort Ancient culture rather than epiphenomenal.

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Migration and Cultural Emplacement on the Mississippian Periphery: A Fort Ancient Example. Aaron Comstock, Robert Cook. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429590)


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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): 17146

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