Paradigms lost: Mound 72's Beaded Cape Burial reconfigured [presentation]

Kristin M. Hedman, Andrew R. Thompson, Eve A. Hargrave, Dawn E. Cobb, Thomas E. Emerson

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The Beaded Cape burial in F101 of Mound 72 is central to cosmological interpretations of the founding of Cahokia and has been linked to the Siouan mythic character, Red Horn. Two recent independent osteological studies of the central burials resulted in the same conclusion: Burial 14 is female, not male as long thought. In addition, a reanalysis of the Beaded Cape individuals and associated “Retainer Burials” reveals the presence of at least one previously undocumented child. In this paper, we explore the implications of a male/female pair and the presence of at least one child in the burial cluster that has become pivotal to the archaeological retelling of the Mound 72 mortuary drama.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMAC, Midwest Archaeological Conference
StatePublished - 2013


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