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Title: Revisiting platform mounds and townhouses in the Cherokee heartland: a collaborative approach

Author: Steere, Benjamin A.;

Date: 2015

Source: Southeastern Archaeology

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)


This article describes the development and initial results of the Western North Carolina Mounds and Towns Project, a collaborative endeavor initiated by the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Program at the University of Georgia. The goal of this project is to generate new information about the distribution of late prehistoric mounds and historic period townhouses in western North Carolina. This ongoing research has produced updated location and chronological data for 15 Mississippian period mounds and historic Cherokee townhouses, and led to the discovery of a possible location for the Jasper Allen mound. Using these new data, I suggest that David Hally's model for the territorial size of Mississippian polities provides a useful framework for generating new research questions about social and political change in western North Carolina. I also posit that the cultural practice of rebuilding townhouses in place and on top of Mississippian period platform mounds, a process that Christopher Rodning describes as “emplacement,” was common across western North Carolina. In terms of broader impacts, this project contributes positively to the development of indigenous archaeology

Keywords: Cherokee archaeology, regional analysis, indigenous archaeology, townhouses, mounds

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Steere, Benjamin A. 2015. Revisiting platform mounds and townhouses in the Cherokee heartland: a collaborative approach. Southeastern Archaeology Vol. 34 No. 3, 196-219. 24 p.  10.1179/2168472315Y.0000000


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