A Comparison of Terminal Late Woodland Bluff Culture Structures

James M. Pisell, Lauren M. Fitts

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Relatively little is known about the archaeology of the upland area situated between the Lower Illinois River Valley and Northern American Bottom of west-ern Illinois. However, several recent I DOT-sponsored projects have afforded the opportunity to gather baseline information about local Late Woodland cultures. As part of one modest-scale road-widening project, a portion of the Wedding site was excavated, producing over 70 pit facilities. This paper focuses on a preliminary analysis of the two structures excavated at the site, which appear to differ some-what from roughly contemporaneous residential buildings in the American Bottom. Our research suggests that the character of the Wedding site structures, as well as variation in the point and pottery styles, denote the presence of a distinctive social group within the greater terminal Late Woodland Bluff tradition from the Illinois/ Mississippi/Missouri River confluence area.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMidwest Archaeological Conference
StatePublished - 2014


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