Agency in a postmold? Physicality and the archaeology of culture-making

Timothy R. Pauketat, Susan M. Alt

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Architecture embodies human agency in all of its dimensions and effective scales. Specifically, the wooden posts of Mississippian peoples in the American mid-continent were simultaneously spatial, material, and corporeal dimensions of the process of cultural construction and contestation. Our reconsideration of the lowly postmold is based on the principle of physicality that, in turn, alters the ways in which we pose research questions and interpret archaeological data. A historical-processual methodology involves three procedural fundamentals: identifying practical variability, comparing genealogies of practices, and tacking between lines of evidence at multiple scales of analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-237
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Agency
  • Architecture
  • Mississippian
  • Practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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