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ARTICULATING ACTIVITY AREAS AND FORMATION PROCESSES AT THE SAPELO ISLAND SHELL RING COMPLEX

Victor D. Thompson
Southeastern Archaeology
Vol. 26, No. 1 (Summer 2007), pp. 91-107
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40713419
Page Count: 17
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ARTICULATING ACTIVITY AREAS AND FORMATION PROCESSES AT THE SAPELO ISLAND SHELL RING COMPLEX
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Abstract

Archaeological signatures associated with Holocene-age shell-bearing sites in coastal settings reveal evidence of early sociopolitical complexity and lend themselves to a methodological approach focused on activity areas and formation processes. Due to their complex spatial structure, the ringed shell-bearing sites of the Georgia coast fall into this category and provide the unique opportunity to study circular village organization and monument construction among huntergatherers. Using geophysical survey, archaeological testing, and ethnographic and archaeological parallels, this paper will examine the use and formation of shell rings during the Late Archaic at the Sapelo Shell Ring Complex on the Georgia coast, United States.

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