Middle Woodland Interaction in the American Bottom:
MIDDLE WOODLAND INTERACTION IN THE AMERICAN BOTTOM: Ceramic Analysis at the Gehring Site Ashley Cisneros Introduction American Bottom during the Middle Woodland Period (BC 150- AD 350) Possible Shatter Zone? Struever 1964 Fortier (2006) points to migration from north Possible trade with South?
How can migration be distinguished from trade? Fortier 2006 Gehring Site Hypotheses The ceramic assemblage of the Gehring site Feature 102 will be similar to that of the Havana Tradition Due to its location in the upper American Bottom, the Gehring Site will have few Southern Tradition ceramics The ceramic assemblage will point to a mixture of trade and migration. Methods and Analysis
Excavation of Feature 102 Ceramic analysis Surface treatments Temper types Wall thickness and rim diameter Results Most Most common common Havana Cordmarked Havana Cordmarked Hopewell
Equifinality Concerns Holding/Havana conundrum Confusing Typology No clear reasons as to why some archaeologists choose migration over trade as an explanation Conclusion
Gehring site ceramic assemblage is indeed similar to that of the Havana Tradition No Southern Tradition ceramics in Feature 102 or site during 2009 Field School Both trade and migration are feasible as explanations Relationship between Holding/ Havana ceramics remains unclear More research needed References
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American Bottom Archaeology FAI-270 Site Reports Vol. 19. Unive rsity of Illinois Press, Urbana. Morgan, David T. 1985 Ceramic Analysis. In Smiling Dan: Structure and Function at a Middle Woodland Settlement in the Illinois Valley, edited by Barbara D. Stafford and Mark B Sant, pp. 183257. Kampsville Archaeological Center, Center for American Archaeology, Research Series 2. Struever, S. 1964 The Hopewell Interaction Sphere in Riverine-Western Great Lakes Culture History. In Hopewellian Studies, edited by J. R. Caldwell and R. L. Hall, pp. 85-106. Illinois State Museum, Springfield.
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