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A multidimensional investigation of biocultural relationships among three late prehistoric societies in Tennessee

Boyd, C. Clifford, Jr. ; Boyd, Donna C.

American Antiquity, Jan, 1991, Vol.56(1), p.75(14) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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    A multidimensional investigation of biocultural relationships among three late prehistoric societies in Tennessee
  • Autor: Boyd, C. Clifford, Jr. ; Boyd, Donna C.
  • Assuntos: Prehistoric Peoples -- Research ; Native North Americans -- Physiological Aspects ; Social Archaeology -- Research ; Mississippian Culture -- Research
  • É parte de: American Antiquity, Jan, 1991, Vol.56(1), p.75(14)
  • Descrição: Interrelations among three roughly contemporaneous late prehistoric Mississippian societies in Middle and East Tennessee are reexamined in terms of currently available biological, archaeological, and ethnohistoric data. Previous researchers have suggested a close relation between two of those cultures-Mouse Creek and Middle Cumberland--to the exclusion of the third, Dallas. However, multivariate analyses of craniofacial and mandibular dimensions of individuals from the three groups suggest a greater biological relation between Dallas and Mouse Creek than between Mouse Creek and Middle Cumberland. In addition, a comparison of intrasite settlement patterning, ceramic and mortuary variability, and ethnohistoric data across the three groups support the skeletal analysis. Relations between Dallas and Mouse Creek may mirror similar processes of sociopolictical reorganization occurring throughout the Southeast in the late prehistoric period.

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