The Aker site (23PL43): Lithic economy and ritual aggregation among the Kansas City Hopewell

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Abstract

The Aker site (23PL43) is a Kansas City Hopewell village site situated on the floodplain at the confluence of the Platte and Missouri Rivers. This unusual placement and evidence for periodic flooding raise questions about site use. Traditional models for Hopewell settlement in the East suggest that regional exchange centers were placed in such precarious locations to facilitate the movement of trade goods along major waterways. More recent models focus on "sacred landscapes" and the necessity of periodic aggregation among middle range societies. The present study examines the possibility that the Aker site played a role in one of these systems, with particular reference to the site's lithic assemblage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-282
Number of pages14
JournalPlains Anthropologist
Volume46
Issue number177
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Exchange
  • Kansas City Hopewell
  • Lithic typing
  • Middle Woodland
  • Ritual aggregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology

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