Vessel morphology and function in the West Jefferson Phase of the Black Warrior Valley, Alabama

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dc.contributor Galbraith, Marysia H.
dc.contributor DeCaro, Jason A.
dc.contributor Andrus, C. Fred T.
dc.contributor.advisor Knight, Vernon J.
dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Ian W.
dc.contributor.author Hawsey, Kareen Lewanda
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:36:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:36:29Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002062
dc.identifier.other Hawsey_alatus_0004M_12451
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2450
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a morphological and functional analysis of pottery that explores whether technological changes in pottery reflect the transition from hunter-gatherer societies to complex agricultural ones that occurred circa A.D. 1070 in the Black Warrior Valley of Alabama. During the West Jefferson phase (A.D. 1020-1120) of the Late Woodland period, indigenous hunter-gatherer groups lived contemporaneously with, yet peripheral to, the earliest Mississippian agriculturalists and were beginning to adopt some Mississippian traits, including shell-tempered vessels of a shape known as the “standard Mississippian jar.” Although it is well known that Mississippian lifeways gradually replaced those of hunter-gatherers, the processes by which this transition took place are largely unclear. By morphologically and functionally analyzing vessels of this transitional period, this study examines how, or if, technological changes in pottery reflect the adoption and intensification of agriculture by hunter-gatherers. Specifically, it examines whether West Jefferson pottery, the majority of which consists of cooking vessels, reflects a traditional nut-processing technology or if it instead indicates that indigenous groups were essentially copying Mississippian vessel forms and maize-processing technologies. The supplemental file includes all raw data collected during the study.
dc.format.extent 87 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.haspart Supplemental Excel file contains all raw data collected during the study
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.title Vessel morphology and function in the West Jefferson Phase of the Black Warrior Valley, Alabama
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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