Andrew Upton

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Michigan State U.

Grant number

Gr. 9479

Approve Date

April 25, 2017

Project Title

Upton, Andrew J., Michigan State U., East Lansing, MI - To aid research on 'Modeling Networks of Interaction, Identification, and Exchange through Mississippian Period Pottery in the US Midwest,' supervised by Dr. Jodie O'Gorman

Preliminary abstract: For thousands of years, demographic upheaval and migration have led to social settings where distinct human populations coexist. Communities pursue various types of interaction in these multiethnic contexts, ranging from the maintenance of ethnic distinctions through social and political pluralism to the adoption of traits as part of processes of ethnogenesis. This project seeks to examine changes in networks of social interaction, identity, and exchange following a migration process in a peripheral border zone. In particular, the proposed research addresses the role of ceramic industry in the transformation of interaction and identification networks across the Middle to Late Mississippian transition in the Late Prehistoric central Illinois River valley (ca. A.D. 1200-1450). The integration of three different networks constructed from various relational approaches to ceramic industry examines how a circa 1300 A.D. in-migration of an Oneota tribal group restructured social relationships in a Mississippian chiefly environment and how communities of agents negotiated multiethnic regional cohabitation. Minimally destructive analysis of vessels using laser ablation inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) will aid in modeling chemical compositional source group networks. A database of stylistic decorations will elucidate models of categorical identification networks. Technological characterization data related to vessel form will reveal interaction network models through historical relations of descent. Taken together, these networks create a multiple relations network, or multiplex network, to demonstrate the role of ceramic industry networks as proxy indicators of how both indigenous and migrant peoples approach interethnic social and economic relations.