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Aspects of Carved Paddle Stamped Designs from the Middle Mississippi Period

Author(s): Keith Stephenson

Year: 2017

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Complicated stamped pottery vessels, and the carved wooden paddles used to stamp them, were produced in Southeastern North America beginning early in the first millennium AD and continued in some quarters well into the 19th century. Much of the research on paddle designs has focused on the highly decorative and diverse Woodland Period expressions, with little attention given to later, more repetitive paddle stamps. In this paper, I bring the methods of analysis used to study Woodland paddle designs to bear on 13th-century paddle stamps from the Sandy Hammock site in southern central Georgia. By examining design variability at the scale of the individual paddle, inferences about household level production and, ultimately, social interaction can be made.

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Aspects of Carved Paddle Stamped Designs from the Middle Mississippi Period. Keith Stephenson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429613)


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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): 17065

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