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Lecture: Spiro and the Mississippian World: Religious and Material Connections

January Talk Flyer

January Talk Flyer

Date and Time

Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • Lake Michigan Hall - 249


The first meeting of the year is just around the corner! Join us next Thursday, Jan 10th, at 7pm. Dr. Dawn Rutecki will be discussing Sprio Mounds and the broader Mississippian world. All meetings are free and open to everyone with an interest in the past!

Mississippian socio-political economies are some of most studied archaeological contexts in North America. The wide-ranging materials produced by and drawn into the Mississippian world represent connections across the modern United States. Large settlements and smaller communities interacted with and within understood cultural protocols, even as makers exerted their own identities and expressed regional variations of cultural materials. Symbolic and ceremonial materials provide an important perspective to understand people living in the Mississippian world – not only to understand past Indigenous religion, but also the ways that religion was intimately tied to other aspects of life. In this presentation, I will be talking about Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma. At the far western edge of the Mississippian world, Spiro had strong material connections to the Southeast, which drew on religious meanings used across that region. Yet, evidence from Spiro suggests that this community selectively incorporated Southeastern materials, resulting in a unique opportunity to understand cultural practices both at Spiro and the broader Southeast.



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