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The Land between the Mounds

Lauren Sieg and Jarrod Burks

in Hopewell Settlement Patterns, Subsistence, and Symbolic Landscapes

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034553
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034553.003.0004
The Land between the Mounds

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This chapter presents an overall material-symbolic framework of the Ohio Hopewell landscape that echoes the approach presented by Charles for the lower Illinois Valley Hopewell. Earthworks and mounds are considered the most important archaeological features of southern Ohio when it came under the research of explorers. This chapter makes use of integrated data set, such as earthworks, habitation sites, and iconography, for examining the space usage at Hopewell horizon sites from a structuralist viewpoint. The chapter focuses on the great embankment earthworks as the “positive” structural aspect of this holistic landscape and the land between these earthworks in which the domestic settlements were widely dispersed as the “negative” structural aspect. These terms are not used to privilege the former and underprivilege the latter; rather, they simply highlight that the two may have existed in a complementary meaningful relational mode of proscribing and prescribing the forms of activity appropriate in each zone.

Keywords: Ohio Hopewell landscape; Illinois Valley; earthworks; mounds; southern Ohio; positive space; negative space

Chapter.  13928 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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