Cultural implications of the mortuary practices at Chucalissa
This thesis is an analysis of the mortuary practices at the Chucalissa site. This site is located in the southwest corner of Tennessee and is radiocarbon dated from AD 1080 to AD 1490. It is a Mississippian Tradition site with components of the Ensley, Mitchell, Boxtown and Walls Phases.The 176 burials recovered are individually described in order to answer the following questions: (1) What level of socio-cultural intergration is characteristic of the site?(2) What is the nature of any change through time having taken place at the site?(3) What factors determine the social position of an individual?(4) What are the symbols of social position utilized in connection with the mortuary practices?(5) Can any historically recorded Indian society be related to Chucalissa?