Distance makes the rocks grow fonder: a comparative look at the Cahokian influence (or lack thereof) on the Orendorf Lithic Assemblage

Brenda Beck, Amanda J. Butler, Madeleine G. Evans

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Abstract

The relationship between the Mississippian population of the Central Illinois River valley and that of Cahokia has been of longstanding interest to area researchers. Roughly 100 miles separate the Orendorf site, a Mississippian town, from the American Bottom, and evidence of Cahokian influence is seen in assemblages from more distant Mississippian sites. This paper compares the lithic assemblage from settlement "D" at the Orendorf site with those of American Bottom Mississippian sites, including Cahokia. We address raw material use, a lack of centrally organized and rigid production standards, and the relative obscurity of interregional exchange in the settlement "D" assemblage.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages37
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • ISAS

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