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The Organizational Implications of Architecture at Moundville and Cahokia

Author(s): Gregory Wilson ; Timothy Pauketat

Year: 2017

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What practices generated the largest and most complex Mississippian centers? We examine this issue through an analysis of Mississippian public and ritual architecture from Moundville in west-central Alabama and Cahokia in southwestern Illinois. Politico-religious buildings and associated practices or powers constituted the historical development of both places. Cahokians created a wider variety and more complicated distribution of such buildings than did Moundvillians. We argue that the Cahokian architectural order provides evidence of supra-kin movements that help to explain that region’s complex ritual-residential precincts, nodal site networks, and farming districts. These relationships operated as part of a more centrally administered and regionally articulated mode of sociopolitical organization than existed at early Moundville.

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The Organizational Implications of Architecture at Moundville and Cahokia. Gregory Wilson, Timothy Pauketat. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430831)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 15512

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