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Multiple Groups, Overlapping Symbols, and the Creation of a Sacred Space at Etowah’s Mound C

Adam King

in Mississippian Mortuary Practices

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034263
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034263.003.0004
Multiple Groups, Overlapping Symbols, and the Creation of a Sacred Space at Etowah’s Mound C

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The burial record of Mound C at the Etowah site shows differential burial treatments that are linked to differences in social status in Etowah society. Mound C contains evidence that multiple groups were buried in the mound. This essay explores the Late Wilbanks phase portion of the Mound C burial record and uses demographic and artifactual information to examine in more detail the nature of the spatial groupings noted so long ago. The summit of Mound C was a sacred space centered on an axis mundi and surrounded by groups of burials. The people in discrete sets of burials around Mound C would have been the equivalent of the clans around the Square Ground or the family members in the household. The archaeological data is not inconsistent with the notion that burial groupings around Mound C were corporate kin groups.

Keywords: Mound C; Etowah site; social status; Late Wilbanks; burials; sacred space; spatial groupings; clans; corporate kin groups

Chapter.  6150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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