NCPI Workmark
Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.

Steep Shore, Deadly Environment: The Case for a Cultural Anvil Along the Unembayed Atlantic Coast

Record #:
Between 1982-2002, archaeological expeditions of the Southern Coastal Plains yielded explanations for unique cultural development patterns among inhabitants such as the Iroquois and Algonkian. Such patterns, referred to by Joel Gunn as a “cultural anvil,” were especially the case during prehistoric periods, as well as global and ice ages. The author explained that this phenomenon occurred because by the Coastal Plain’s lack of natural enclosures. The phenomenon was particularly observed in ceramic artifacts.