Investigating Mississippian Landscapes, Practice, and Identities Through Geophysics

B. Jacob Skousen, Christina Friberg

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Research has shown that geophysical survey can effectively locate and document Mississippian sites and monuments. In this paper, we explore the ability of geophysical data to address issues of Mississippian identity formation and change. We contend that broad patterns in settlement organization as well as more subtle, small-scale details of domestic features, both of which are observable in geophysical data, can shed light on how community and kin-group identities were structured, performed, negotiated, and experienced. We discuss our preliminary thoughts on how archaeologists can approach these issues and outline potential shortcomings of using geophysical data alone in such inquiries.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 76th Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2019

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