Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mississippian Space and Place: A Geographical Study of Archaeological Site Data in the American Bottom
by Klein, John, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 168; 10275281
Abstract (Summary)

This paper investigates geographical conditions that may have helped the establishment of settlements throughout the American Bottom Region of the Middle Mississippi River Valley dating to the Mississippian Period. Archaeological sites and various geographical variables are obtained from many sources, including the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency central database, LiDAR digital elevation models, reconstructed pre Columbian landscape landform assemblage maps, soils data compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture, and geographic proximity models generated using a GIS. The known archaeological sites are pooled with a sample of non-sites from the study area. The entire sample of sites and non-sites is modelled in a logistical regression to distinguish sites from non-sites through qualitative and quantitative geographical variables. This analysis reveals that people living in the American Bottom region at the time of the establishment of the Mississippian period appear to have settled in areas that were relatively higher in elevation on the landscape, that were suitable for farming, and were possibly in the nearby vicinity of natural resources including access to fresh water and minerals.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zhou, Bin
Commitee: Grossman, Michael, Hu, Shunfu
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography
Publication Number: 10275281
ISBN: 978-1-369-81055-4
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