Friday Seminar: Gregory D. Wilson
December 04, 2009 04:00 PM
December 04, 2009 06:00 PM
December 04, 2009
from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
|Where||A222 Fowler Building|
|Contact Name||Seppi Lehner|
|Contact Phone||(310) 794-4837|
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CITY WALLS AND FRONTIER FORTIFICATIONS:
INTERREGIONAL VARIATION IN LATE PREHiSTORIC WARFARE IN MIDWESTERN NORTH AMERICA
Gregory D. Wilson (UC Santa Barbara)
Wilson compares evidence of fortifications, catastrophic burning, weaponry, and skeletal trauma from the Mississippian (A.D. 1000-1425) American Bottom and Central Illinois River Valley (CIRV), revealing variation between these regions in terms of the scale, intensity, and outcomes of inter-group hostilities. Cahokia as an expansive and politically complex regional polity was more insulated from the chronic raiding and sporadic, large-scale, direct confrontations that took place in the CIRV. Settlements in the CIRV were smaller and less politically complex frontier towns in which warfare was an escalating phenomenon that ultimately culminated in the abandonment of the region.
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