CERAMIC TRANSITIONS ON THE GULF COASTAL PLAIN IN THE EARLY CENTURIES OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA
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AbstractThesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1979.
A problem-oriented modal classification of 20,411 ceramic specimens from (8 Wa 14) the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge Fire Tower Site makes five contributions to Gulf Coastal Plain archaeology possible. First, it is possible to emphasize the influence of the Orange phase and ceramic series upon coeval Gulf Coastal Plain cultures. Second, an "Experimental Period" of social/economic charge is defined. This period was instrumental in precipitating the Deptford to (early) Swift Creek ceramic and cultural transition . Third, a new method of illustrating stamped pottery motifs via lithography is presented. Fourth, it is possible to lay the groundwork for recognizing a "pure" (early) Swift Creek Period by tracing the development and distribution of stamped ceramic motifs, a period which is presently unrecognized in Southeastern archaeological literature. Finally, this report documents the largest ceramic collection from an (early) Swift Creek secular habitation site on the Northwest Gulf Coast of Florida.