Professor Lara Homsey-Messer recently published an
article discussing the role of caves in the lives of hunter-gatherers in
American Antiquity, the premier journal for American archaeology.
The article, “Revisiting the Role of Caves and Rockshelters in the
Hunter-Gatherer Taskscape of the Archaic Midsouth,” compares four sites
to identify variability in activities, seasonality, occupation
intensity, and function. Based on these comparisons, it is argued that
the caves and rockshelters were field camps where nuts were processed.
The changing use of these sites is linked to changes in the environment
and the role of women as food providers. Ultimately, these caves and
rockshelters developed symbolic meanings so that they played both a
functional and symbolic role for Archaic period hunter-gatherers.
American Antiquity is published by the Society for American Archaeology,
the world’s largest organization of professional archaeologists.
Department of Anthropology