October 28, 2015

Mississippian Influence in the Fort Ancient Culture Found

Researchers have investigated the dental isotopes of individuals from six Fort Ancient, Ohio sites, and one site in Indiana. They studied 152 individuals. They found that 18% of the population studied are potentially non-local. The Turpin Site, the most Mississippian of the sites studied, had the most non-local individuals. The study also shows that maize eating in the Fort Ancient culture was an abrupt new dietary adaptation. This is linked to the arrival of Mississippians, possibly from Cahokia. The new arrivers may have come as missionaries, captives or marriage partners.
The research is published in the Journal of Archaeological Science

The great Bradley T. Lepper Publishes this synopsis in the Columbus Dispatch;
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2015/10/25/1-did-missionaries-influence-earliest-ohioans.html

Mike Ruggeri’s Adena and Hopewell World
http://bit.ly/Mj7I1L

Mike Ruggeri’s Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient Cultures Magazine
http://bit.ly/1966ruf

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