Sclerochronological Measures of Seasonality at a Late Woodland Mound on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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dc.contributor.author Blitz, John H.
dc.contributor.author Andrus, C. Fred T.
dc.contributor.author Downs, Lauren E.
dc.coverage.spatial Gulf Coast (Miss.) en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Mississippi en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-18T22:35:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-18T22:35:25Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10
dc.identifier.citation Blitz, J., Andrus, C., Downs, L. (2014): Sclerochronological Measures of Seasonality at a Late Woodland Mound on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. American Antiquity, 79(4). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5305
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.7183/0002-7316.79.4.697 en_US
dc.description.abstract Seasonality of site occupation has been an important issue in the archaeology of precolumbian coastal populations in the U.S. Southeast. Sclerochronological oxygen isotope measurements to estimate season of capture were performed on marsh clam (Rangia cuneata) and oyster (Crassostrea virginica) shells from a Late Woodland platform mound in coastal Mississippi. This study is the first oxygen isotope analysis of archaeological Rangia cuneata. The results of the study, supported by vertebrate faunal and plant seasonal indicators and depositional circumstances, indicate that mound trash deposits were generated by short-term activities during the spring and summer months. Factors that could reduce the precision of the seasonal estimates are identified. en_US
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dc.subject oxygen isotopes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Clams—Analysis en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oysters—Analysis en_US
dc.title Sclerochronological Measures of Seasonality at a Late Woodland Mound on the Mississippi Gulf Coast en_US
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