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Monday, March 30, 2020 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Announcing the Final Examination of Mr. Sherman Lee Johns Jr. for the degree of Master of Arts in Anthropology.


Date: 3/30/2020

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Room: HPH 409M


Thesis title: “Mill Cove Complex Lithic Typology: Understanding Early Mississippian Period Social Exchange in Northeastern Florida”


A large focus of Mississippian period archaeological research concerns itself with the role groups have played in the long distance social exchange networks prevalent across the Mississippian World.  The Mill Cove Complex, a Mississippian period (A.D. 900-1250) village and dual sand mound burial complex situated on the periphery of the Mississippian World in Jacksonville, Florida is one such case.  The St. Johns II people living at the Mill Cove Complex had connections deep into the Mississippian southeast reaching all the way to Cahokia.  Understanding the role of these unique people within the large social networks requires an examination of all archaeological material recovered from the site.  The lithic assemblage from modern excavations (1999 – present) is the final missing component in building this understanding.  This lithic typology, based upon macroscopic and geochemical analysis, provides the final foundational set of data required for future research necessary to gain a more complete view of the St. Johns II people and their role in Mississippian long distance social exchange. It lends insight into local community practices as well, highlighting the importance of lithic raw material in ritual use, illustrating direct connections with Cahokia based upon the presence of projectile points from the American Bottom, and demonstrating the resourcefulness of a people who overcame a lack of raw material within their geographic area through the maintenance of social networks and conservative use and maximization of procured stone resources.


Outline of Studies:

Major: Anthropology


Educational Career:

B.A., 2016, University of North Florida


Committee in Charge:

Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich, Chair

Dr. Sarah Barber, Co-Chair

Dr. Keith Ashley


Approved for distribution by Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich, Committee Chair, on March 2, 2020.


The public is welcome to attend.



Howard Phillips Hall: 409M






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