Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Earth Sciences

Committee Chair

David Dye

Committee Member

Ryan M. Parish

Committee Member

Dorian J. Burnette


The existence of workshops in the Mississippian Southeast has been speculated before by several prominent figures in the field. In this thesis, I examine negative painted wares from the Tyler Mound site (15FU3), located in Fulton County, Kentucky. I hypothesize that a workshop produced negative painted human effigy bottles by members of a religious sodality. I examine burial goods at Gray Farm in Williamson County, Tennessee (40WM11) to find a religious sodality producing negative painted bottles like the ones at the Tyler Mound site. In turn, a religious sodality operating at the Tyler Mound site can be argued. For my data, I collect negative painted vessels from the Tyler Mound site, hooded effigy bottles from southeast Missouri, and burial goods from Gray Farm. I examine vessels that may have been produced by a religious sodality operating at Gray Farm. I conclude that there is evidence of a workshop, which produced negative painted effigy bottles at the Tyler Mound site.


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