Patterns of Faunal Utilization at Kincaid Mounds, Massac County, Illinois

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Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2007 - 137 pages
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Kincaid Mounds is a Mississippian Period site in southern Illinois that underwent a series of excavations conducted by the University of Chicago in the 1930s and 1940s. As part of this excavation program, a substantial amount of animal remains were hand-picked from the soil matrix at the time of excavation. In this thesis I analyze those materials in an attempt to understand how complex social relationships were materialized through food choices. In particular, I look at the distribution of taxa, deer skeletal elements, and degree of deer bone processing at four proveniences from the Kincaid site. I also compare the results from Kincaid to contemporaneous sites at Cahokia, Moundville, and sites in the Tombigbee River valley.

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