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Recognizing Ritual in the Elaboration of Earthwork Construction at Jaketown

Author(s): Kelly Ervin

Year: 2017

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Elaborately constructed earthworks indicate monumental behavior requiring unique social processes to produce. This paper presents new subsurface data on the Late Archaic Poverty Point earthworks at the Jaketown site in the Mississippi Yazoo Basin. Unit excavations and soil coring demonstrate detailed and complicated internal architecture standing in contrast to earlier mounded landscapes in the eastern United States. Challenging traditional agrocentric models for socially complex societies, this research provides a new perspective on the emergence of ritual complexity in the Lower Mississippi Valley, and more broadly urges a reform of the civilization narrative in archaeology with the elaboration of landscapes built by hunter-gatherers.

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Recognizing Ritual in the Elaboration of Earthwork Construction at Jaketown. Kelly Ervin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429667)


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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): 15617

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