2. Book Review By John E. Kelly
Staging Ritual: Hopewell Ceremonialism at the Mound House Site,
Greene County, Illinois; by Jane E. Buikstra, Douglas K. Charles,
and Gordon F. M. Rakita. Kampsville Studies in Archeology and History
No. 1. Center for American Archeology Press, Kampsville, Illinois.
216 pages, 60 illustrations, 1998.
Archeology of the Middle Woodland Mound House site is presented within
a broad context using an interpretative framework that derives its models
from traditional, small-scale societies, where notes of "the sacred" are
pervasive rather than circumscribed. Interdisciplinary studies are used
to strengthen interpretations, and newly discovered complexities in the
structure of the site are explored here along with data from other Illinois
Valley mortuary sites.