On common ground: social memory and the plaza at early Moundville

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dc.contributor Knight, James V.
dc.contributor LeCount, Lisa J.
dc.contributor Oths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor Reilly, Frank K.
dc.contributor.advisor Blitz, John Howard
dc.contributor.author Davis, Jera
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:21:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:21:43Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001755
dc.identifier.other Davis_alatus_0004D_12193
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2202
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract The Moundville site of west-central Alabama featured one of the largest plazas in the Mississippian world. The construction of Moundville's plaza necessitated the destruction and burial of a prior landscape, obliterating symbols of a contested past at a time when emerging differences in rank and power threatened group cohesion. This dissertation employs landscape-scale geophysical data and targeted excavations to identify what remains of the former settlement and the community plan that replaced it. When the hundreds of previously undocumented buildings are sorted on the basis of architectural style and orientation into chronological categories, it is revealed that dramatic changes in the arrangement of architecture did indeed coincide with the construction of the plaza. Understood from a social memory perspective, this rapid shift is described as an effort to promote inclusivity by selectively reimagining and representing the past. Other conclusions pertain to the division of plaza space into habitation and activity zones and the spatial, historical, and ideological centrality of Moundville's Mound A. en_US
dc.format.extent 257 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. en_US
dc.subject Archaeology
dc.subject Geophysics
dc.title On common ground: social memory and the plaza at early Moundville en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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