Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Peacock, Evan

Committee Member

Rafferty, Janet

Committee Member

Hogue, Holmes S.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Applied Anthroplogy

Degree Name

Master of Arts


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work


The evolution of sedentariness in east-central Mississippi seems to follow specific patterns when both time and space are accounted for. Prehistoric pottery counts and frequencies from sites located throughout east-central Mississippi were examined in order to better understand settlement patterns. This study combines data from both newly recorded and previously recorded sites. These data are analyzed using frequency seriation and correspondence analysis, thus allowing the investigation of settlement patterns through both space and time. The results are used to address competing hypotheses concerning a gradual spread of sedentary settlement versus a very rapid adoption of sedentariness. The main factors organizing assemblages from sedentary settlements in this area seem to be distance from a major river and population growth. The data indicate that sedentariness was adopted gradually.