The presence of non-local, "exotic" artifacts in Mississippian contexts is widely interpreted as representing longdistance interactions, facilitating trade of objects and/or the migration people. Objects and people in these mobile interactions were not merely static participants transported from one group or locality to another. Instead, we suggest mobile objects and people were social agents actively embodying and transmitting accumulated social memory. Using ceramic evidence from ongoing excavations at the East Saint Louis Mound Center, we argue that movement of memory through time and space was integral to the (re)constitution of communal identity during the Mississippian period in the American Bottom.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting|
|State||Published - 2010|