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

dc.contributorKnight, James V.
dc.contributorLeCount, Lisa J.
dc.contributorOths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributorReilly, Frank K.
dc.contributor.advisorBlitz, John Howard
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Jera
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T17:21:43Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T17:21:43Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractThe 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.extent257 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0001755
dc.identifier.otherDavis_alatus_0004D_12193
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2202
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectArchaeology
dc.subjectGeophysics
dc.titleOn common ground: social memory and the plaza at early Moundvilleen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Anthropology
etdms.degree.disciplineAnthropology
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.leveldoctoral
etdms.degree.namePh.D.
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