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Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, 0817315543, 0-8173-1554-3, 978-0-8173-1554-2, 9780817315542, , , Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, 0817354093, 0-8173-5409-3, 978-0-8173-5409-1, 9780817354091, , , Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, 0817381368, 0-8173-8136-8, 978-0-8173-8136-3, 9780817381363,

Southeastern Ceremonial Complex
Chronology, Content, Contest
Edited by Adam King

Quality Paper
2007. 328 pp.
978-0-8173-5409-1
Price:  $39.95 s
E Book
2008. 328 pp.
978-0-8173-8136-3
Price:  $39.95 d

A timely, comprehensive reevaluation of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex.

One of the most venerable concepts in Southeastern archaeology is that of the Southern Cult. The idea has its roots in the intensely productive decade (archaeologically) of the 1930s and is fundamentally tied to yet another venerable concept—Mississippian culture. The last comprehensive study of the melding of these two concepts into the term Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (SECC) is more than two decades old, yet our understanding of the objects, themes, and artistic styles associated with the SECC have changed a great deal. New primary data have come to light that bear directly on the complex, requiring a thorough reanalysis of both concepts and dating. Recent publications have ignited many debates about the dating and the nature of the SECC.

This work presents new data and new ideas on the temporal and social contexts, artistic styles, and symbolic themes included in the complex. It also demonstrates that engraved shell gorgets, along with other SECC materials, were
produced before A.D. 1400.


Adam King is an archaeologist with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.


"This book assembles a number of papers by regional specialists to correct dating errors in other publications while advancing knowledge of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex"
—Marvin T. Smith, Valdosta State University

"I strongly recommend this book to learn of the glory and richness of late prehistoric southeastern culture and the vigorous scholarship of its investigators."
Early Georgia