Shell Bead Production at a Southern Appalachian Mississippian Frontier

Author(s): Maureen Meyers

Year: 2017


Frontier areas differ from non-frontier areas in multiple ways; one is by a more intense degree of interaction with other cultures. To successfully settle a frontier area, frontier groups must not just interact but also socially integrate with other groups. Craft production is one way social integration occurs. At the Middle Mississippian-period Carter Robinson site, there is evidence for the production of shell beads. This paper presents this evidence, which includes all stages of shell bead production, shell waste, drills, and flake tools, and discusses how shell bead production may have acted as an integrative mechanism at this Mississippian frontier.

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Shell Bead Production at a Southern Appalachian Mississippian Frontier. Maureen Meyers. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429606)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14428