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The Mississippi Period in Florida

Misha Klein

in Late Prehistoric Florida

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040141
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813040141.003.0012
The Mississippi Period in Florida

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This chapter examines Florida from the perspective of Cahokia and the broader Mississippian world. Cahokia, in western Illinois, was the largest Native American mound complex north of present-day Mexico, reaching its zenith between ca. A.D. 1050–1200. Aboriginal peoples of Florida must have been aware of Cahokia. Kelly discusses what he sees as a Mississippian horizon, which he further subdivides into Formative or pre-Mississippian (A.D. 900–1050), Pre-Classic Mississippian (A.D. 1050–1200), Classic Mississippian (A.D. 1200–1400), and Post-Classic Mississippian (A.D. 1400–1539+). Focusing on the spatial and temporal aspects of these constructs, he explores a series of material trends and their behavioral implications. He touches on the Florida cultures most involved in interactions with (and directly influenced by) Mississippian societies. He speculates that the creation of social ties, perhaps through clan organization, structured the movement of materials and ideas across the Southeast and Midwest.

Keywords: Cahokia; Mississippian horizons; Florida cultures; clan organization

Chapter.  5461 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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