Cohabitants, Captives, or Trade: The Early Late Woodland Non-Weaver Ceramic Assemblage at the Marseton #2 Weaver Village in Mercer County, Illinois

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Abstract

The Marseton #2 site is a Weaver ring midden in the Mississippi Valley of Mercer County, Illinois, that was buried by a catastrophic flood event a few centuries after the site had been abandoned. Analysis of the more than 740,000 ceramic items from the village provides insights as to Weaver interactions with other non-Weaver early Late Woodland groups of the region. While the presence of non-Weaver ceramics at the village might represent trade items, or vessels manufactured by potters peacefully or forcibly brought to the site, it is suggested that a non-Weaver household producing Levsen-like ceramics was coexisting at Marseton #2 alongside multiple Weaver households.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-280
Number of pages24
JournalMidcontinental Journal of Archaeology
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2018

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Keywords

  • Levsen
  • Weaver
  • ceramics
  • cohabitation
  • early Late Woodland

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  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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