Poverty Point as Structure, Event, Process

@article{Sassaman2005PovertyPA,
  title={Poverty Point as Structure, Event, Process},
  author={Kenneth E. Sassaman},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory},
  year={2005},
  volume={12},
  pages={335-364}
}
  • K. Sassaman
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • History
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
A multiscalar analysis of the Poverty Point mound and ridge complex of northeast Louisiana illustrates the value of agency and practice theories to historical interpretations of monumental architecture. The architects of Poverty Point included both ancient mounds in their design and, arguably, symbolic representations of the far-flung places and peoples from which Poverty Point residents acquired raw materials for tools and ornaments. The conjunction of the past with the present, and the local… 

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