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EXCAVATIONS AT 1Tu50, AN EARLY MISSISSIPPIAN CENTER NEAR MOUNDVILLE

Vincas P. Steponaitis
Southeastern Archaeology
Vol. 11, No. 1 (Summer 1992), pp. 1-13
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40712960
Page Count: 13
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EXCAVATIONS AT 1Tu50, AN EARLY MISSISSIPPIAN CENTER NEAR MOUNDVILLE
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Abstract

Site 1TU50 is a single-mound center located only 0.5 mi (800 m) northeast of Moundville. Excavations in the mound itself revealed at least two episodes of construction; excavations at the mound's edge uncovered the remains of a wooden-post structure. The artifact assemblage contained a high proportion of unusual artifacts and exotic materials, consistent with the site's function as a center of political power and religious ritual. The mound was built and used during the early portion of the Moundville I phase, ca. A. D. 1050-1150, and thus probably predates Moundville's emergence as a major regional center. It appears to be one of several mounds built in the Moundville locality during this phase, a time when Moundville's population seems to have reached its peak.

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