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This thesis examines Early Woodland subsistence and settlement practices through the analysis of ceramic, lithic, and faunal assemblages associated with the Deptford occupation zone at the Williams site (8TA32), Taylor County, Florida. Excavated under the direction of Dr. David Phelps in 1966, the Williams site is a multi-component linear sheet midden located along the Aucilla River. Preliminary analysis of the ceramic assemblage indicated a sizable Deptford (500B.C.–A.D.150/200) occupation, in addition to a smaller Archaic (Pre-Deptford) component and minor Post-Deptford components. The purpose of this thesis is to: (1) analyze the various artifact assemblages to gain greater insight into the subsistence and settlement system of the Deptford occupants of the site, (2) to evaluate the extent these systems conform to established subsistence and settlement models, and (3) clarify the previous interpretations offered by Phelps regarding the behavior of the inhabitants of the site.
Subsistence, Aucilla River, Taylor County, Zooarchaeology, Deptford Culture, Settlement
Date of Defense
October 7, 2005.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Anthropology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Includes bibliographical references.
Rochelle Marrinan, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael Russo, Committee Member; Glen Doran, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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