Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Analysis of the role of the Jackson Prairie in prehistoric/protohistoric settlement patterns using survey data from the Bienville National Forest
by Ryan, Jennifer Ivy, M.A., Mississippi State University, 2017, 82; 10246279
Abstract (Summary)

Archaeological surveys using the subsurface testing method known as “shovel-testing” have been performed sporadically across the Bienville National Forest in central Mississippi. However; no research-oriented analysis has ever been performed for this area. The Bienville National Forest is located primarily in two physiographic regions: the Jackson Prairie and the Southern Pine Hills. These two regions are distinctly different in topography, soils, and vegetation. No settlement pattern study has been performed in the Jackson Prairie and it has been viewed as an area of low probability. Soils in this region are often heavy clays with high shrink/swell capabilities and poor drainage. In this thesis, I attempt to construct an initial analysis by looking at the duration of occupations and their placement in the landscape through time in order to determine whether the Jackson Prairie played any important role in the choice of habitation locations by prehistoric populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peacock, Evan, Rafferty, Janet
Commitee: Galaty, Michael L., Hardin, James W.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Arts and Sciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Ecology, Native American studies
Keywords: Archaeology, Environment, Jackson Prairie, Mississippi, Settlement patterns, Woodland Period
Publication Number: 10246279
ISBN: 9781369704891
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