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Author Claassen, Cheryl, 1953-

Title Feasting with shellfish in the southern Ohio Valley : Archaic sacred sites and rituals / Cheryl Claassen
Edition First edition
Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [2010]
©2010
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 275 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Thinking about Archaic hunter-gatherers -- Archaic shell-bearing sites of the southern Ohio Valley -- Locations of shell-bearing sites -- Overexploitation of mollusks -- Demise of the Hypsithermal -- Ohio River Valley shell-bearing sites : villages? -- Ceremonial districts of the southern Ohio Valley -- Archaic rituals at shell-bearing sites -- From Archaic villages to ritual camps : the theoretical landscape
Summary "In this provocative work, Cheryl Claassen challenges long-standing notions about hunter-gatherer life in the southern Ohio Valley as it unfolded some 8,000 to 3,500 years ago. Focusing on freshwater shell mounds scattered along the Tennessee, Ohio, Green, and Harpeth rivers, Claassen draws on the latest archaeological research to offer penetrating new insights into the sacred world of Archaic peoples. Some of the most striking ideas are that there were no villages in the southern Ohio Valley during the Archaic period, that all of the trading and killing were for ritual purposes, and that body positioning in graves reflects cause of death primarily"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-264) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Excavations (Archaeology) -- Ohio River Valley.
Indians of North America -- Ohio River Valley -- Antiquities.
Indians of North America -- Ohio River Valley -- Rites and ceremonies.
Kitchen-middens -- Ohio River Valley.
Landscapes -- Social aspects -- Ohio River Valley -- History.
Sacred space -- Ohio River Valley -- History.
Shellfish -- Social aspects -- Ohio River Valley -- History.
Green River Valley (Ky.) -- Antiquities.
Ohio River Valley -- Antiquities.
Tennessee River Valley -- Antiquities.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1572337338 (electronic bk.)
9781572337336 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)