“The Holly Bluff Style” by Dr. Knight

There’s a lot of Alabama alum and close friends represented in the authorship of this article, starting with our own Emeritus Prof. Vernon J. Knight. Congratulations to all!

Abstract: We recognize a new style of Mississippian-period art in the North American Southeast, calling it Holly Bluff. It is a two-dimensional style of representational art that appears solely on containers: marine shell cups and ceramic vessels. Iconographically, the style focuses on the depiction of zoomorphic supernatural powers of the Beneath World. Seriating the known corpus of images allows us to characterize three successive style phases, Holly Bluff I, II, and III. Using limited data, we source the style to the northern portion of the lower Mississippi Valley.

Citation:  Vernon James Knight, George E. Lankford, Erin Phillips, David H. Dye, Vincas P. Steponaitis & Mitchell R. Childress (2017): The Holly Bluff style, Southeastern Archaeology, DOI: 10.1080/0734578X.2017.1286569