By Ian W. Brown, Dr. David S. Brose, Penelope Ballard Drooker, C. Margaret Scarry, David W. Morgan, Paul D. Jackson, Irvy R. Quitmyer, Christopher B. Rodning, Diane E. Silvia, Richard S. Fuller, Hunter B. Johnson
Which include 18 earthen mounds and various extra habitation parts courting to A.D. 12501550, the Bottle Creek website was once first professionally investigated in 1932 whilst David L. DeJarnette of the Alabama Museum of usual historical past begun paintings there to figure out if the location had a cultural reipconnected to the north by way of a river method. This quantity builds on previous investigations to offer wide contemporary info from significant excavations carried out from 1991 to 1994 and supported partially through an NEH furnish. Ten anthropologists study a variety of features of the positioning, together with mound structure, prehistoric vitamin, pottery type, vessel kinds, textiles used to make pottery impressions, a microlithic stone instrument undefined, water go back and forth, the patience of mound use into old instances, and the placement of Bottle Creek within the protohistoric international.
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Although this discrepancy could be related to cultural preferences, Scarry believes it is probably more closely related to a reduction in the use of the Bottle Creek site during the fall. Seasonal abandonment is an argument made by Knight (1984:209–215; Knight and Adams 1981:41–42) many years ago, when there was very little data from which to draw. Another difference between Bottle Creek and Moundville is the much greater emphasis on ¤shing and foraging among the former people, no doubt a reaction to the natural bounty of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta (Curren 1978; Knight 1987).
The latter people may have been retainers for the principal elite, or they may have been second-order nobility themselves. Whatever the case, it seemed plausible that the artifacts obtained in the two contexts might be different, and that the foods consumed might vary. Margie Scarry, Irvy Quitmyer, and Hunter Johnson address these issues in the present book in chapters 5, 7, and 8. In 1993 we examined two of the house mounds (C and D) and in 1994 we excavated a rich midden at the base of Mound A.
3) and considers why there should be such discrepancies. Our trench clearly hit upon a sharp corner of the mound, and yet this is not the current corner. At present the mound terrace still continues to the east, then sweeps south in a gentle curve. Morgan examines some of the reasons for why this is so. He tends to believe that the easterly expansion is a ramp, but whether it was added prehistorically or during nineteenth-century farming activities is still not clear; all the more reason why further work is desirable in this critical part of the site.