A Terminal Middle Woodland Ceramic Complex from Southern Illinois

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ProQuest, 2008 - 147 pages
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This thesis presents the results of a formal descriptive analysis, comparative analysis, thin-section analysis, and thermoluminescence dating of a ceramic assemblage from site 11Mx109 believed to date to the late Middle Woodland (circa AD 400). Site 11Mx109 is located above the Ohio River in the Black Bottom, Massac County, Illinois and was excavated in 1974 by Jon Muller as part of Southern Illinois University's field school in archaeology. The assemblage is unique to the area and cannot be fit into the previously established local cultural sequence. Consisting primarily of grog-tempered plainware and including some grog-tempered decorated wares commonly associated with Hopewellian types, the 11Mx109 pottery looks completely dissimilar from the recognized local Middle Woodland pottery. Such a level of participation in Hopewellian trade and interaction has not been documented previously in southern Illinois. The data from this research are used to consider the source and scope of lingering Hopewellian influence in the lower Ohio River valley as well as issues concerning the assumed degree of cultural continuity and population diversity in the region at the close of the Middle Woodland Period.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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Figure 12 Location of Site 11Mx109 in Massac County Illinois Illustrating Drainages
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WOODLAND PERIOD SYSTEMMATICS IN SOUTHERN
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Table 21 Radiocarbon Dates for 11Mx109 from the 1974 Excavations
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MATERIALS AND METHODS
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Figure 31 Rim Profiles adapted from Ruby 1997
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Table 31 Thinsection Samples from 11Mx109
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RESULTS
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Table 45 Surface Decoration by Feature
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Figure 44 Variety of Decorated Sherds dentate cordwrapped dowel reed stamped
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Table 47 Profile of 11Mx109 Rim Sherds by Form and Condition
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Table 411 TL Dates for the 11Mx109 Samples
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SUMMARY AND DISCUSSION
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Figure 51 Limestone Cordmarked Potential Tradeware Sherds from 11Mx109
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REFERENCES CITED
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APPENDIX A
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Table 41 Gross Pottery Categories by Feature
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Figure 41 Variety of Plainware Sherds fro the 11Mx109 Analytical Assemblage
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