The Downstream Effects of Abandonment: Immigration and Transformation on the 14th Century Georgia Coast, USA
Author(s): Brandon Ritchison
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
By 1390 CE, the Mississippian chiefdoms of the Savannah River Valley (SRV) had been depopulated. Settlement and radiocarbon evidence suggest that the former residents of the SRV spread to neighboring regions. On the Georgia Coast, immigrants arrived into a rapidly changing context. Settlement expansion meant the establishment of new locales, occupied for the first time in history. The settlement history of the Kenan Field site, a 60-ha, persistently occupied site on Sapelo Island, provides an example of how residents of the Georgia Coast responded to the arrival of SRV migrants through dispersal and contraction.
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The Downstream Effects of Abandonment: Immigration and Transformation on the 14th Century Georgia Coast, USA. Brandon Ritchison. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449362)
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