Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2015

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Committee Chair

Dr. Edwin Jackson

Committee Chair Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Committee Member 2

Dr. Marie Danforth

Committee Member 2 Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Committee Member 3

Dr. Amy Young

Committee Member 3 Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

In the Lower Mississippi Valley from about 1200AD until European contact, two different ceramic tempers (and presumably cultures) existed side-by-side. Areas in which grog or clay tempering occurs are considered part of the Plaquemine Culture. Areas in which shell tempering predominates are considered part of the Mississippian Culture. Ceramic pastes that contain both shell and grog cause some classificatory confusion. This research examines the history of some of the confusion surrounding Addis ware/paste through its varying descriptions in the archaeological literature and attempts, through experiment and petrographic analysis, to give some insight into this paste recipe and its variability.

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