Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Rafferty, Janet

Committee Member

Peacock, Evan

Committee Member

Hogue, Homes S.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts


The timing of Mississippian-period occupations in the North Central Hills physiographic region of Mississippi has been debated. Some researchers believe they occurred in conjunction with Late Woodland period occupations during the Early Mississippian period, while others assert they were later, in either the Late Mississippian or early Protohistoric periods. A program of systematic shovel testing, excavation and frequency seriation was used to delineate Mississippian-period occupations and test the cultural lineage between them and Late Woodland period occupations at nine sites on the Ackerman Unit of the Tombigbee National Forest.