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Spindle Whorls and Fiber Production at Early Cahokian Settlements

Susan Alt
Southeastern Archaeology
Vol. 18, No. 2 (Winter 1999), pp. 124-134
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40713163
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Spindle Whorls and Fiber Production at Early Cahokian Settlements
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Abstract

Ceramic spindle whorls have been identified in the archaeological record from the Emergent Mississippian period through historic times. Patterns of recovery for spindle whorls at the Halliday site, as well as sites in the American Bottom during the Lohmann phase, suggest that fiber production was more than a simple household occupation. The clustering of ceramic spindle whorls at certain sites and within a limited number of features at those sites suggest that the processing of fiber may have been localized during the rise of Cahokia.

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