Symbols of Ferociousness: Oneota Trophy Taking

Author(s): Eric Hollinger

Year: 2017


The late prehistoric Oneota tradition developed and spread rapidly across an immense territory in a very short period of time. That expansion, and the period of territorial stability which followed were marked by violence on large and small scales. Taking of human trophies was an integral component of the violence of the time and was steeped in warrior tradition, religious ritual and symbolism reflecting broadly held ideologies. Trophy taking was likely more common than has been acknowledged. Diverse but scattered evidence suggests the presence of human trophies was an everyday fact of life and likely fed a war ethos dominant among Oneota and contemporary communities.

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Symbols of Ferociousness: Oneota Trophy Taking. Eric Hollinger. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431861)


Oneota trophies Warfare

Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16448