Beads and Bohr Models: Using XRF to Discuss Choctaw Identity Formation

Author(s): Kevin Wright

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This paper presents the results of a study that uses x-ray fluorescence (XRF) to examine European glass trade beads from the Chickasawhay Creek Sites (22KE630 & 22KE718) in Kemper County, Mississippi. Together, these two sites present a unique opportunity to examine Choctaw ethnogenesis. Although a combination of archaeological and ethnohistorical research has aided in examining Choctaw origins, questions concerning how families were integrated into a larger society and the formation of a Choctaw identity persist. By using a practice-based approach, this paper discusses the application of chemical characterization analyses in bead studies to establish more accurate dates of occupation, discuss body adornment and identity, and examine Choctaw-French interaction during the 18th century.

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Beads and Bohr Models: Using XRF to Discuss Choctaw Identity Formation. Kevin Wright. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450255)

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Abstract Id(s): 25201