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Ceramic Production in Middle Woodland Communities of Practice: A Cordage Twist Analysis in Tidewater Virginia

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Author: Hayden, Anna
Advisor: Gallivan, Martin D., 1968-
Committee Members: Brown, David; Moretti-Langholtz, Danielle
Issued Date: 2009-05-16
Subjects: Chesapeake
Cordage twist
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1247
Description: The archaeology of Tidewater Virginia's Middle Woodland period presents an era of technological and social changes within hunter-gatherer societies, possibly including large-scale population movements across the Middle Atlantic. A greater understanding of this history can be obtained through the examination of pottery decoration as reflected in cordage twist patterns from a sample of Middle Woodland ceramics recovered from Chickahominy River sites and the nearby drainages of the James River. Since cordage twist is a learned motor skill linked by previous researchers to specific traditions, the distribution of different twist patterns allows researchers to make inferences regarding continuity and/or change in the region's Native populations. The data provide evidence for significant temporal and regional differences in twist directions, building a case for the existence of previously unrecognized migration waves and social relationships.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology

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