By David Pollack
Caborn-Welborn, a overdue Mississippian (A.D. 1400-1700) farming society situated on the confluence of the Ohio and Wabash Rivers (in what's now southwestern Indiana, southeastern Illinois, and northwestern Kentucky), constructed following the cave in of the Angel chiefdom (A.D. 1000-1400). utilizing ceramic and payment info, David Pollack examines the ways that that new society reconstructed social, political, and fiscal relationships from the remnants of the Angel chiefdom.
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Subsequent chapters will discuss the changes in political centralization, social boundaries of the elite, and increased involvement in intersocietal exchange networks that distinguished the response of Caborn-Welborn populations to the collapse of a regional Mississippian chiefdom from that of their neighbors. 3 Ceramic Descriptions Ceramics, triangular endscrapers, and small quantities of Euro-American trade goods are the three main material culture attributes that archaeologists use to identify Caborn-Welborn components.
But identifying these factors is not easy. With the exception of Angel (Black 1967; Hilgeman 1992) and Southwind (Munson 1994), few Angel phase sites have been intensively or extensively investigated, and most remain poorly dated. Therefore, it is not possible to determine whether Angel farmsteads, hamlets, and small villages were abandoned prior to or at the same time as the Angel site. 2). By extension, these explanations can be applied to the Angel chiefdom. Most explanations for the collapse of these chiefdoms focus on changes in agricultural yields and the concomitant undermining of elite in®uence.
Several rims have pairs of drilled holes. These holes do not appear to have been used to mend vessel walls. Other rims have highly polished lips. A few Mississippi Plain jar lips are decorated with punctations or notches. Oblong and circular punctations are primarily restricted to the lip. Occasionally, these punctations extend across the tops of jar handles. Vertical notches were sometimes placed on the lip or on the exterior edge of the lip, directly above a thin strap handle. 3h–k) or slightly incurving rims.