Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Late Woodland to Mississippian Transition in Illinois Due to Internal Culture Change Not Migration

December 2, 2014.
Brad Lepper, of the Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog, has written an informative post about a recent paper discussing the transition of Late Woodland to Mississippian culture in Illinois.

"The transition from the Late Woodland (A.D. 400-1050) to the Mississippian (A.D. 1050-1500) period is one of the most significant cultural transformations in eastern North American prehistory. Jennifer Raff, a research fellow in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin and co-author of a new study of ancient DNA spanning this transition, notes that “it involved changes to social and political structure, the adoption of intensive maize agriculture, changes to mortuary practices and the development of new art, technologies and religious practices.” "

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