Mica Symbolism from a Late Irene Mortuary Site

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

Year: 2017


Recent excavations at the Fallen Tree Mortuary Complex (9Li8) on St. Catherines Island, GA have recovered over 20 shaped mica artifacts and dozens of fragments associated within three Late Mississippian adult male burials. This non-local material was purposely shaped and interred with the individuals. In this poster, I will discuss what the symbolism of the mica and examine the location and orientation of the mica discs on the individuals. In addition, I will compare the mica to several other artifacts types that may have overlapping symbolism within the site.

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Mica Symbolism from a Late Irene Mortuary Site. Thomas Blaber, Nicholas Triozzi, Anna Semon. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430296)

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Mica mortuary symbolism

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17624