Pushing and Pulling the Mississippian Moment Into the Western Great Lakes

Author(s): Thomas Zych; John Richards

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Migration and Climate Change: The Spread of Mississippian Culture" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This paper provides a comparative review of the regional chronology, material culture indicators, and environmental data for three site-centered locales (Trempealeau/Fisher Mounds, Fred Edwards, and Aztalan) harboring Middle Mississippian components in southern Wisconsin and the Upper Mississippi River Valley. These data are used to discuss the introduction of Mississippian technological innovations, ideational systems, and new subsistence regimes into the western Great Lakes region during the late tenth and early eleventh centuries A.D. This process can be modeled as the result of a variety of causal factors that include demographic, cultural, social, political, and environmental referents. Moreover, data from the three locales discussed suggests that the particular mix of these factors and the degree to which one or more are paramount varies on a case-by-case basis. These factors reveal the differential negotiation of Middle Mississippian influences into the western Great Lakes.

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Pushing and Pulling the Mississippian Moment Into the Western Great Lakes. Thomas Zych, John Richards. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451020)

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min long: -103.975; min lat: 36.598 ; max long: -80.42; max lat: 48.922 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 23803