Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Peacock, Evan

Committee Member

Barton, Brandon

Committee Member

Miller, Darcy Shane

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures


Zooarchaeological mussel shell assemblages can be affected by an array of biases, one of which is cultural bias. Cultural biases may be exhibited in the transport of mussels from nonlocal mussel beds, and/or in preferential taste. There are a few methods used to help determine if cultural biases are at play (e.g., nestedness and detrended correspondence analysis). This thesis aims to test a new method, the life history approach, to determine if it is a viable method for assessing cultural bias in prehistoric mussel assemblages from the Tombigbee River drainage. Shell assemblages from the drainage previously have been demonstrated to not be culturally biased; therefore, these assemblages will act as a control against which to test the life history approach as a method for cultural bias assessment.



archaeology||life history strategy||mussel shell||mississippi||zooarcheology