Mississippian statuary and effigy items have often been interpreted as representations of supernatural beings. An area rich in such imagery is the Mississippi and Ohio River confluence region. These items are often made from fluorite along the lower Ohio while flint clay was favored in the American Bottom. Though these items differ in presentation and depositional contexts, a thematic comparison of the corpus demonstrates shared symbolism that hints at a common ideological basis between these regions.
|2014 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference
|11/12/14 → 11/15/14