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Causes and Consequences of Pre- and Proto-historic Social Network Connectedness in Coastal Georgia

Author(s): Nicholas Triozzi ; Anna Semon ; Thomas Blaber

Year: 2017

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This poster considers social networks derived from artifact assemblages and interment types from early-Irene and late-Irene and protohistoric mortuary contexts on the Georgia (USA) coast. Network analysis can be used to evaluate potential interactions between community members represented in mortuary contexts. The R statistical program is used to model social networks according to multiple parameters and generate statistical indices of network connectivity. I propose that these indices are a function of external forces (e.g., political and economic pressures, or dramatic changes in climate) acting on connections among individuals in a community and between geographically separated, but culturally affiliated communities. If intersite, cross-temporal, social networks can be demonstrated from artifact assemblages, then the connectivity of each network may be consequences of, or causal to micro-regional external forces. The historic, archaeological, and paleo-climatic records frame this interpretation of network connectivity.

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Causes and Consequences of Pre- and Proto-historic Social Network Connectedness in Coastal Georgia. Nicholas Triozzi, Anna Semon, Thomas Blaber. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430196)


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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): 17524

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