Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

School

Social Science and Global Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Daniel LaDu

Committee Chair School

Social Science and Global Studies

Committee Member 2

Dr. H. Edwin Jackson

Committee Member 2 School

Social Science and Global Studies

Committee Member 3

Dr. Marie Danforth

Committee Member 3 School

Social Science and Global Studies

Abstract

Hypotheses about the socio-political organization of Poverty Point have each attempted to answer the procedures that led to the site’s construction and continued use. Mass analysis and raw material sourcing of the North Three excavation units offer an enhanced examination of the lithic activities of the Poverty Point site. These analyses provide new insight into how the site may have been utilized by those traveling to the site by assigning social values to the raw materials transported there. The results of this lithic analysis and comparison to previous investigations suggest a crucial activity that would have impacted the socio-political organization of the site has been missed. This thesis seeks to analysis the lithic assemblage of Poverty Point and provide information about this activity that has not been examined previously.

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