Archaeologist have long wondered why the Late Archaic people of the coastal United States Southeast constructed shell rings and what function they served in these Archaic people’s lives. In this thesis, I will attempt to answer this question in regards to the Sea Pines Shell Ring, located on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, using the archaeobotanical plant remains found at the site. I compared the plant remains from Sea Pines Shell Ring to those found at St. Catherines Shell Ring to conclude that these two shell rings served different purposes on the landscape. I suggest that Sea Pines Shell Ring served as a short-term, potentially ceremonial site for the people of the Late Archaic while St. Catherines Shell Ring functioned as a long-term residential site based on the density, ubiquity and seasonality of the sites plant assemblages.
|Advisor:||Langlie, BrieAnna S.|
|Commitee:||Sanger, Matthew C.|
|School:||State University of New York at Binghamton|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Archaic, Coastal, Shell ring, Southeast, Subsistence|
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