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The Sacred Maize Model and the Sponemann Site

A. Martin Byers

in Cahokia

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780813029580
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039183 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813029580.003.0006
The Sacred Maize Model and the Sponemann Site

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The Sacred Maize model as applied to the American Bottom postulates that a series of related ideological innovations was successfully implemented and marked the Terminal Late Woodland period and that, largely unwittingly, this implementation instigated a population expansion and further innovation tied into world renewal ritual, culminating in the emergence of Cahokia. The Z-twist/S-twist cordmarking duality manifests an important constitutive contrast generating two objectively similar but emically contrasting ceramic-usage spheres. The testing of the Sacred Maize Model is demonstrated by ceramic evidence and the mixing-prohibition hypothesis.

Keywords: Sacred Maize model; Sponemann site; American Bottom; Terminal Late Woodland period; Cahokia; Z-twist; S-twist; mixing-prohibition hypothesis

Chapter.  10280 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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