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An Early Hunter-Gatherer Cemetery in the Canadian Lower Great Lakes

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James Conolly

Trent University, CA
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Institute of Archaeology Honorary Senior Research Associate
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Abstract

The timing and context of the first emergence of cemeteries is of broad interest
to archaeologists who wish to understand and explain changes in social complexity
in late hunter-gatherer societies. Eastern North America has a particularly informative
archaeological record for generating insight into how and why relatively small scale communities transform into much larger and regionally integrated societies, especially as these major transformations occur prior to the emergence of maize-based polities about 800 years ago (Sassaman 2010). An important element of this record of cultural change is innovation, transmission and adoption of new ideas concerning mortuary practices, and variation in these rituals over time provides considerable insight into the organizational complexity of hunter-gatherer societies.

How to Cite: Conolly, J., 2015. An Early Hunter-Gatherer Cemetery in the Canadian Lower Great Lakes. Archaeology International, 18, pp.45–50. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1805
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