Hidden in the matrix: using compositional analyses to examine social boundaries at the Chickasawhay Creek sites

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dc.contributor Galbraith, Marysia
dc.contributor Jacobi, Keith
dc.contributor Andrus, Fred
dc.contributor Thompson, Ian
dc.contributor.advisor Blair, Elliot H.
dc.contributor.author Wright, Kevin Pierce
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-16T15:04:38Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-16T15:04:38Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003488
dc.identifier.other Wright_alatus_0004M_13903
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6545
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This research uses compositional analyses to explore eighteenth-century Choctaw social interactions. In this thesis, ceramic artifacts from the Chickasawhay Creek sites (22KE630 and 22KE718) were analyzed using x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), and ceramic petrography. Together, the chemical and petrographic datasets generated from these methods reflect the technical decisions made by the Choctaw ancestors. Using a practice-based approach, I redefine existing chronologies, assess systems of exchange, and highlight social interactions among the Choctaw that speak directly to identity formation. In addition, I incorporate a blend of experimental and indigenous archaeology into this study to develop more holistic interpretations. Based on the results of this study, I argue that variation in ceramic production at the Chickasawhay Creek sites is a reflection of social boundaries. The heterogeneous composition of ceramics found at 22KE718 is a testament to the diversity expected within a coalescent society. In contrast, the presence of French colonists at 22KE630 appears to mask these lines, suggesting that in the presence of foreigners, intra-group boundaries are not as visible. Ultimately, the results of this study help to elucidate the processes behind coalescence.
dc.format.extent 166 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.subject.other Native American studies
dc.subject.other Chemistry
dc.title Hidden in the matrix: using compositional analyses to examine social boundaries at the Chickasawhay Creek sites
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 master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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