A Comparative Ceramic Analysis of Motifs from Three Sites in the Cambria Locality, Minnesota

Author(s): Katy Mollerud

Year: 2017


The Cambria phase (AD 1050-1300) is an archaeological complex primarily centered on the elevated terraces of the Minnesota River in south-central Minnesota. Cambria phase pottery demonstrates technical and stylistic influences from several different late prehistoric cultural traditions, including Mississippian, Plains Village and Late Woodland. Cambria ceramics are currently classified as part of the Initial Middle Missouri Variant, but certain affinities are evident between the grit-tempered, rolled rim ceramics of the Cambria phase and the Powell-Ramey series at the Middle Mississippian site of Cahokia in west-central Illinois. However, the nature and degree of the relationship between these cultural areas has never been defined clearly. In order to identify the range of variation within Cambria ceramics, a comparative attribute analysis was completed using ceramic assemblages from the Cambria, Price and Owen D. Jones sites, which are collectively referred to as the Cambria Locality. This paper presents the results of a motif analysis that categorized individual design elements and identified four design field patterns. The results are interpreted at multiple levels of analysis, but primarily are focused on contextualizing inter-site motif and design field variation in a micro-regional context within southern Minnesota. In addition, possible extra-regional origins of certain motif packages are discussed.

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A Comparative Ceramic Analysis of Motifs from Three Sites in the Cambria Locality, Minnesota. Katy Mollerud. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430215)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17558