Anthropologist Homsey-Messer Publishes on the Archaeology of Caves

Posted on 5/17/2015 1:36:48 PM

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.

Lara Homsey-Messer stands by a wood statue of an elkThe 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