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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tucker, Bryan D.
Author's Email Address btucke2@lsu.edu
URN etd-1113102-223702
Title Culinary Confusion: Using Osteological and Stable Isotopic Evidence to Reconstruct Paleodiet for the Ocmulgee/Blackshear Cordmarked People of South Central Georgia
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography and Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rebecca Saunders Committee Chair
Miles Richardson Committee Member
Paul Farnsworth Committee Member
Keywords
  • bioarchaeology
  • cordmarked ceramics
  • osteology
  • Georgia archaeology
  • stable isotopes
Date of Defense 2002-11-11
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The Ocmulgee Big Bend and Lake Blackshear regions of Georgia have diverse

uplands and lowlands, rich in different types of food. Archaeological investigations have

shown Late Woodland-style ceramics and artifacts extending up to the Middle

Mississippian Period in these regions. Archaeologists have proposed the people of this

region did not adopt maize agriculture or a Mississippian subsistence or cultural pattern

during the Early Mississippian Period. This study tests this hypothesis with osteological

and isotopic data from burials recovered from the Cannon site (9Cp52) and osteological

data from the Telfair Mound site (9Tf2). Isotopic data demonstrate clearly that these

people were not consuming maize, but were consuming some food high in carbohydrates.

Potential sources of carbohydrates are discussed, as are possible models to explain the

dental and isotopic data, including one based upon starchy seed agriculture. Finally,

future lines of research, stemming from questions in this research, are outlined.

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