Temporal Changes in Mortuary Behavior

Robert C. Mainfqrt Jr. and Rita Fisher-Carroll

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:
Temporal Changes in Mortuary Behavior

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This essay focuses on the central Mississippi valley, more specifically late-period mortuary populations therein, that are roughly contemporary and probably date between about A.D. 1350 and 1550. There are few radiocarbon dates, and none directly date human burials. There is at present little basis for inferring temporal relationships between late-period sites in the region, much less for seriating graves within individual sites. This essay examines changes in mortuary practices that probably occurred within a few generations at two late-period sites in northeast Arkansas: Middle Nodena and Upper Nodena. It analyzes the issue of relative ages of the sites based upon mortuary data (including funerary objects). The sites differ in the location of ceramic vessels within individual graves.

Keywords: Mississippi; radiocarbon dates; burials; graves; mortuary practices; Arkansas; Middle Nodena; Upper Nodena; funerary objects; ceramic vessels

Chapter.  6233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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