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Abstract

In the past, the interior Coastal Plain pine barrens was considered to be a sparsely occupied wasteland that could not provide the resources needed for sedentary or complex prehistoric cultures. This opinion has become outdated with further archaeological investigations in the area that show large and diverse faunal assemblages with evidence for feasting (Carder et al. 2002). Yet foodways in this region remain largely ambiguous, and the few zooarchaeological studies only begin to answer how people of the pine barrens exploited the local environment for subsistence and how this played into social interaction and complexity. This zooarchaeological study of the Glass Site (9TF145) concentrates on resource catchment and feasting evidence and reveals a unique pattern of exploitation and act(s) of late summer, elite/ritual feasting associated with a Late Mississippian, Lamar occupation.

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