Detecting preference in the archaeological record: a study of glass trade beads among the Natchez Indians

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dc.contributor Galbraith, Marysia H.
dc.contributor Jacobi, Keith P.
dc.contributor Knight, Vernon J.
dc.contributor Rable, George C.
dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Ian W. Wiegand, Leah Williams 2017-03-01T16:53:47Z 2017-03-01T16:53:47Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001428
dc.identifier.other Wiegand_alatus_0004M_11747
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract A previously undocumented sample of over 13,800 glass trade beads from historic Natchez Indian sites in Adams County, Mississippi was classified and 52 separate varieties were identified. The data were then analyzed in order to examine variation between six Natchez settlement districts, or village areas. Ethnic and political differences are known to have existed between these districts, so the study sought to explore how this might have affected the use of glass beads. Settlement district assemblages were evaluated on the basis of diversity of bead varieties, frequencies of bead construction methods, and frequencies of beads by color. Statistically significant differences were found to exist, suggesting that these distributions were not the result of chance. Disparities in the occurrence of blue and white beads between French and English-allied districts were particularly pronounced. Since the settlement districts are comparable in time and geographic location, and had roughly equal access to trade beads, it is argued that these differences in bead assemblages were the result of specific group preferences, perhaps relating to political factions within the Natchez chiefdom.
dc.format.extent 160 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 Detecting preference in the archaeological record: a study of glass trade beads among the Natchez Indians
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology Anthropology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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