Raised ground, razed structure: ceramic chronology, occupation and chiefly authority on Mound P at Moundville

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dc.contributor Clouse, Robert
dc.contributor DeCaro, Jason A.
dc.contributor Oths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor.advisor Blitz, John Howard
dc.contributor.author Porth, Erik Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:46:00Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:46:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000690
dc.identifier.other Porth_alatus_0004M_10849
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1195
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Mound P is the largest mound on the western plaza periphery at Moundville in west-central Alabama. Excavations on the western mound flank revealed at least two mound construction episodes and a large amount of modern disturbance. Excavations on the mound summit intersected a large burnt daub structure that was previously indicated by a magnetometer survey. Moundville was depopulated around A.D. 1400 and the occupation of mound summits after this time indicates that leadership positions in the region were still important. Mounds were used as symbols of authority that leaders could co-opt to legitimize their position. A ceramic chronology was developed based on the site's type-variety system for the mound to determine the date of terminal occupation on the summit of the mound. This revealed that the mound was used lightly during the Moundville IV (A.D. 1520-1650) ceramic phase. Other artifacts from the mound suggest that the pigment complex was in use on the summit but a stone manufacturing industry was not. It is suggested that Mound P was occupied late in Moundville's history but abandoned prior to the Protohistoric period and the Spanish intrusion into the Southeastern United States.
dc.format.extent 177 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.title Raised ground, razed structure: ceramic chronology, occupation and chiefly authority on Mound P at Moundville
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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