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The Mortuary Assemblage from the Holliston Mills Site, a Mississippian Town in Upper East Tennessee

Jay D. Franklin, Elizabeth K. Price and Lucinda M. Langstqn

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/9780813034263.003.0013
The Mortuary Assemblage from the Holliston Mills Site, a Mississippian Town in Upper East Tennessee

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This essay examines the archaeology of the nearby Holliston Mills site, a Mississippian town in Upper East Tennessee, with particular focus on mortuary patterning. The Holliston Mills site is located on the north bank of the Holston River south of Kingsport in Hawkins County, Tennessee. The site was excavated by members of the Tennessee Archaeological Society between 1968 and 1972. It was excavated in ten-foot blocks using six-inch levels, revealing a large late prehistoric (and perhaps protohistoric) town represented by at least two palisades, more than 660 burials, a large public structure, and several smaller domestic structures. The excavators initially reported the recovery of what they believed to be Cobb Island pottery in the plow zone and much Dallas material from the level excavations, but they also noted that the site had been looted prior to their excavations. There is little, if any, Cobb Island pottery, but there are some Pisgah ceramics. This essay also describes the sociopolitical organization at Holliston Mills and in Upper East Tennessee.

Keywords: Holliston Mills; Mississippian town; Upper East Tennessee; palisades; burials; pottery; ceramics; sociopolitical organization; Cobb Island

Chapter.  6189 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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