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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

PATTERNS OF SWIFT CREEK INTERACTION IN THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER VALLEY

Abstract

Swift Creek pottery was tied to the Hopewell Interaction Sphere during the Middle Woodland (300 BC-AD 600) period with many sites east of the Mississippi River engaged in intensive interregional interaction. The purpose of this project is to conduct petrographic analysis on Swift Creek pottery to better understand how small villages interacted with large regional centers along the Chattahoochee River Valley. Petrographic analysis of pottery sherds collected during excavations at the Lower Dabbs Site located in Cartersville, Georgia, and the Traversant Site in LaGrange, Georgia, will allow for comparative analysis of sherds from larger regional centers such as Kolomoki and Leake. While we have a good knowledge base of how trade and exchange operated between large regional centers like Kolomoki and Leake, we do not yet understand how small villages, located within the political sphere of such large centers, were involved with the production and consumption of ceramics. It is hoped that such a study will complement what we already know about the stylistic nature of Swift Creek material.

Acknowledgements

Patrick Severts, Nancy Williams, Terry Powis

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