Title

The 14th and Early 15th Century Oneota Presence in Central Indiana: Cultural Interactions on the Eastern Periphery

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

10-21-2010

Conference Name

Midwest Archaeological Conference

Conference Location

Indiana University, Bloomington

Peer Review

Invited

Abstract

By the mid-to-late 1300s, there was an Oneota occupation at the Taylor Village site on the White River floodplain in central Indiana. Directly across the river is the Castor Farm site, a palisaded village of Western Basin-derived peoples, and the Strawtown Enclosure, a circular earthwork enclosing an Oliver village. Recent excavations have identified fortifications at Taylor Village and apparent Oneota feasting and mortuary activities at the Strawtown Enclosure after its use by Oliver peoples. Coeval with the Taylor Village presence, a spatial redistribution of the existing Oliver populations occurs, followed shortly thereafter by abandonment of the region.

Keywords

archaeology, Late Prehistoric, Indiana, Oneota, Oliver phase, regional abandonment

Disciplines

Anthropology | Archaeological Anthropology

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