Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Anthropology

First Advisor

Lexi O'Donnell

Second Advisor

Carolyn R. Freiwald

Third Advisor

Jodi Skipper

Relational Format



A recently discovered mound (Mound E) at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians (22AD501, the Fatherland Site) dates to the Foster phase of the Mississippian period (1300-1500 CE). This new chronology is stems from analysis conducted on ceramic assemblages from Robert S. Neitzel’s (1965) excavations and ceramic assemblages from Tony Boudreaux’s (2019) excavations at the site. Frequency seriations, non-metric multidimensional scaling, and radiocarbon dates suggest that Mound E was constructed and in use several hundred years prior to European contact at the site. The results of this body of research brings new insight into a portion of history of the Natchez people and the Lower Mississippi Valley that has largely been overlooked in past archaeological projects. This thesis provides a foundation for further research at the Fatherland Site, and new insights into the chronology of the Natchez people in the Lower Mississippi Valley.





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