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A Mississippian Headdress from Etowah, Georgia

  • Lewis H. Larson (a1)

Abstract

The small embossed ornaments of sheet copper found in Southeastern sites have usually been identified as “pendants” or “symbol badges,” and have been considered part of the ritual equipment of the Southern Cult. Four graves of the Wilbanks period at Etowah contained such objects. They had apparently been mounted with feathers and slender wooden rods to form elaborate headdresses. Observers from the 16th century onwards describe “crowns” worn by the Coosa, Creek, and Natchez nobility that would have been very similar.

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A Mississippian Headdress from Etowah, Georgia

  • Lewis H. Larson (a1)

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