Pecan Point as the “Capital” of Pacaha

Rita Fisher-Carroll and Robert C. Mainfort Jr.

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:
Pecan Point as the “Capital” of Pacaha

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Many years ago, the Pecan Point site attained near-legendary status among professional and avocational archaeologists. It is not the size of the site or its mounds (both of which are poorly documented) that made Pecan Point of such interest but rather the large collections of mortuary ceramics from the site. However, this essay focuses not on ceramic artistry but on mortuary patterning, particularly with regard to intimations of social ranking and possible indicators of group identity. The data come largely from the unpublished field notes of C. B. Moore, whose excavations at Pecan Point were his most extensive in northeast Arkansas, resulting in the documentation of 349 human burials. The Pecan Point site was located on a prominent bend of the same name located a very short distance west of the Mississippi River in Mississippi County, Arkansas, about fifteen kilometers south of Middle and Upper Nodena. Lacking spatial and bioarchaeological data, this essay relies almost exclusively on funerary objects to analyze mortuary patterning at the site.

Keywords: Pecan Point; mounds; ceramics; mortuary patterning; social ranking; group identity; exacavations; Arkansas; burials; funerary objects

Chapter.  7967 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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