An Analysis of Early Mississippian Burials from Mound C at Ocmulgee, Georgia Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Metcalf, Rachel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Archaeology
  • This thesis analyzes the burial patterns of Mound C, known as the “Funeral Mound,” at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA. Using updated skeletal data from the Smithsonian Institution, this thesis notes patterns of age and sex in the Mound C burials, as well as patterns in burial position (extended, bundled, and flexed), burial type (primary and secondary), and grave good inclusion. The presence of numerous secondary burials and rearticulated burials in Mound C suggests a ritual re-burial process based on reinforcing kin group ties or reconstructing Mississippian creation myths through burial display.
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  • Funding: Michael P. and Jean W. Carter Research Fund
  • Steponaitis, Vincas
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • Archaeology
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  • Honors
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017
  • English

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