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Type: Paper
Paper Title: CONSPICUOUS INDEBTEDNESS AND THE THEORY OF THE CHIEFLY CLASS
Author: CHARLES COBB, KEITH STEPHENSON   
Date/Time: Fri., 2:15 PM
Co-Author(s): CHARLES COBB, KEITH STEPHENSON 
Abstract: Residues of feasting appear to be common at Mississippian centers, typically on or around platform mounds. The locations of these events indicate that they constituted an arena for social performances. The highly visible nature of feasts and their proximity to cosmologically powerful features of the landscape elevated the power of the transactions and of those who generated them, while broadcasting a visual accounting of indebtedness incurred through gifting. The repetition of certain classes of foodstuffs and objects in feasts across the American Southeast indicates that publicized social obligations depended on goods that were imbued with widely recognized inalienable significance.

Program Number: 3-0830
Session Title: MATERIALIZING AND EMBODYING DEBT
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES COBB, MARK HAUSER (Northwestern University) 
Chair(s): ANN STAHL (University of Victoria)  
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