By Cameron H. Lacquement, Lynne P. Sullivan, Robert J. Scott, Robert H. Lafferty, Dennis B. Blanton, Tamira K. Brennan, Mark A. McConaughy, Ramie A. Gougeon, Thomas H. Gresham, Nelson A. Reed
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Niques such as the dimensions and material of wall members and horizontal supports, thatching, and the presence of internal scaffolding. There is also evidence to suggest that ﬂexed and rigid roof construction techniques were contemporaneous or transitional according to the ethnohistoric literature. The Chickasaw of northern Mississippi were described as using hipped or gabled roof architecture, but another curved roof form was also alluded to in the descriptions of their dwellings. In his account from the late eighteenth century, Adair (2005:417–418) stated that the Chickasaw “sink a large post in the center of each gable end, .
Sheldon 1982:31). 2). Structure 4, as this building was named by Larson, was clearly constructed by setting 89 small-diameter uprights into wall trenches. 5 cm apart. The wall trenches averaged about 25 cm in width. The ﬂoor of the structure was within a shallow basin excavated to approximately 40 cm below the general ground surface. A round, puddled clay hearth was documented at the center of the ﬂoor. 9 m (22 x 16 ft). Other than the use of clay daub in its construction, Larson’s notes did not indicate any additional information as to the above-ground details.
Project Design This project was carried out at the Etowah site near Cartersville, Georgia, on a small plot adjacent to the museum and visitor center. The ﬁrst phase of work, involving the reconstruction of a small pole structure, took place between July and September of 1981, and the excavation phase was undertaken almost ten years later, between October and December of 1990. d). Gresham supervised the subsequent excavation phase organized as a blind test involving volunteers who were uninformed about the origin and nature of the experimental structure, and the fact that it had been intentionally burned a year after it was built.
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