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Eastern Middle Woodland

Tradition Description

The tradition known as Eastern Middle Woodland is found in the southeastern United States, excluding the lower Mississippi Valley. The time period dates from 2200 to 1400 BP. It represents several different cultures with the largest being Copena, Miller, and Swift Creek. There is a continuation of cultural patterns from the Early Woodland period with domesticated foods becoming more important, but maize is still a minor crop when it is found. Platform mounds, some very large, were used for community rituals. Burial mounds are also found. The settlement pattern is one of scattered villages, and in some areas, ceremonial centers without obviously associated villages.


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North America --Eastern Woodlands



United States

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