Shawnee and Fort Ancient mortuary customs : an ethnohistoric experiment

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dc.contributor.advisor Glenn, Elizabeth J. en_US Greene, Joel Mark en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:03Z 2011-06-03T19:32:03Z 1977 en_US 1977
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1977 .G742 en_US
dc.description.abstract The central theme of this study was to test the application of mortuary customs in the development of ethnic identities between historic and prehistoric manifestations. Two manifestations with a previously theorized relationship were selected as the sample cases: the archaeologically defined Fort Ancient Tradition, and the historic Shawnee Indians. Utilization of mortuary customs as the analytic agent required the formation of a common denominator to allow comparison of ethnographic and archaeological data. Recent studies have documented that mortuary customs when submitted to a form of componential analysis could be manipulated to yield significant data on social organization. These newly generated statements could then be plugged into a simple cross cultural analysis with the ethnographic data, returning a statistically measurable relationship. The degree of correlation is quite variable depending on available data. In this test it was determined that a relationship did exist, but a determination based solely on the evidence of social organization was not strong enough to formulate a solid conclusion. However, when coupled with recent ethnohistoric data an extremely strong case is presented, substantiating the proposed relationship and methodology.
dc.format.extent iii, 111 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shawnee Indians -- Funeral customs and rites. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fort Ancient culture. en_US
dc.title Shawnee and Fort Ancient mortuary customs : an ethnohistoric experiment en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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