The Luthy Alps Site: AMs Dates, Stable Isotopes, and Maize Consumption in the Central Illinois River Valley at the Late Woodland–Mississippian Interface.

Kristin M Hedman, Thomas E Emerson

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Abstract

This article presents the results of a recent examination of human remains recovered a half- century ago from the Luthy Alps site (11T5), a small mortuary facility in Tazewell County, Illinois. Eight burials, representing 17 individuals, including both tightly flexed single inter - ments and bundle burials, were excavated in 1957 by University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign archaeologists. Recent reanalysis of this material included radiocarbon dating that identifies Luthy Alps as a primarily Late Woodland mortuary site with some early Mississippian period use. Analysis of skeletal and dental pathologies, and stable isotopes in bone collagen and apatite support earlier findings of variability in maize utilization, health, diet, and subsistence change during the ninth to thirteenth century in the northern Central Illinois River Valley (CIRV).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48--84
JournalIllinois Archaeology : Journal of the Illinois Archaeology Survey
Volume20
StatePublished - 2008

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