W2 Reflection Post

When looking into the Morton Project and the few different cultures that were discovered by them, shows that our knowledge of different cultures or communities living inside our country grows bit by bit with every discovery. Analyzing what culture history is allowing us to obtain a deeper understanding of what we discover; The Mississippian and Oneota cultures discovered showed culture history through shared traits and ideas that were relative to the standard norm. looking more into each culture, it showed how the archaeologists to dig up remains of each and find different mound styles and other findings that represented their influence. Different artifacts that were found in each site showed that the type of bowls that Mississippian’s had been adorned with different effigies of birds and other animals, so it can be explained that if one were to find similar types of bowls at another location, it might belong to the Mississippian’s.

Now looking at the processual perspective, it is used for explaining a cultures process through the use of material items or the ecology of the tribe in question. Looking at a material view of this, the homes of the Mississippian and Oneota were able to explain their cultures process; the structure of each ones home showed the similarity and difference of each one, the structure of the Oneota house was that each wall post was placed in a separate hole and the Mississippian structure had the wall posts placed together in long trenches. This can show that when archaeologists continue searching ancient sites that contain similar home structures, they will know that they are most likely a Oneota home or a Mississippian home.

For the post-processual perspective, this would primarily focus on the behavior and influence of the individual in question. An example of this is the cemetery at Norris Farms which were found to contain artifacts such as pottery inside and were discovered to be Oneota pottery which is vastly different from Mississippian. Looking at the items found, we would begin to see what kind of behavior a person inside the cemetery might have based on the type of item they left behind.

The approach that I found to be most interesting was the processual perspective because it was more contextual and allowed the insight of structures such as a home or skeletal remains and ultimately allows for a deeper insight in their lives. I would ask the question of why such a violent culture? Based on reading about the skeletal structures found inside the cemetery, there seemed to be a high degree of trauma found and I would like to find out exactly why that is the case.

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  1. I also wondered why the Oneota had such a violent culture. There is so much we don’t know about Morton Village and its history, and it is amazing how many questions archaeologists end up asking. Every artifact or piece of information we find doesn’t just answer questions, but it creates more questions as well. From what we learned about Morton Village through the lectures and the readings, there was no other piece of information regarding violence in their culture. As of now, all we can do is guess why their skeletal remains showed a high degree of trauma. I am glad you also had one of the questions that I had. Thanks for your insight!

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