Edited by Adam King
One of the most venerable concepts in southeaster archaeology is that of the Southern Cult. The ideas has its roots in the intensely productive decade (archaeologically) of the 1930s and is fundamentally tied to yet another venerable concept—Mississippian culture. The last comprehensive study of the melding of these two concepts into the term Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (SECC) is more than two decades old, yet our understanding of the objects, themes, and artistic styles associated with the SECC have changed a great deal. Southeastern Ceremonial Complex presents new data and new ideas on the temporal and social contexts, artistic styles, and symbolic themes included in the complex. It also demonstrates that engraved shell gorgets, along with other SECC materials, were produced before A.D. 1400.
“This book assembles a number of papers by regional specialists to correct dating errors in other publications while advancing knowledge of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex.”
–Marvin T. Smith, Valdosta State University
Adam King is an archaeologist with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.
The University of Alabama Press, 2007