Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Fluorite: A mineral of importance in midcontinental prehistory
by Boles, Steven L., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2012, 189; 1514201
Abstract (Summary)

Crystalline minerals such as fluorite have been recovered from numerous prehistoric sites in the Midcontinent yet little research had previously been conducted concerning who used it and what they used it for. Ethnohistorical accounts inform us that crystalline minerals were of importance to American Indians during the Historic Period. These accounts are used to provide a basis for exploring the possible significance of fluorite to prehistoric peoples living near outcrops located along the lower Ohio River valley. In this thesis I analyze mainly prehistoric fluorite personal adornment items as well as similar items made from other locally available raw materials such as cannel coal and clay to gain an understanding of the importance of this colorful crystalline mineral to prehistoric inhabitants of the midcontinent.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Butler, Brian M.
Commitee: Sutton, David E., Webster, Anthony K.
School: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Fluorite, Lower ohio river, Mississippian, Owl pendants, Personal adornment
Publication Number: 1514201
ISBN: 978-1-267-44580-3
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