Moundville's Hemphill Style Art & Iconography
Sponsored by Houston Archeological Society
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:00pm

MD Anderson Hall (Building 20), University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
United States

Archeologist and HAS member Dr. Erin Phillips, will present a program for the Houston Archeological Society on art and iconography found on artifacts recovered in Moundville, Alabama.  Moundville, in west, central Alabama is among the largest Mississippian ceremonial centers with 32 earthen mounds. The people of Moundville produced a number of different kinds of naturalistic, representational, and geometric images including designs representing supernatural entities in the local Hemphill Style (AD 1300-1450) such as winged serpents, crested birds and Hand-and-eye designs. Hemphill-style images can be found on engraved, incised, and painted pottery; stone palettes, stone pendants, and copper gorgets.  Dr. Phillips is the regional Labs Manager for Coastal Environments, working at Moore Archeological Consulting here in Houston.  Her research interests focus on art in archaeological contexts; archaeology of complex societies in the southeastern United States, specifically Mississippian archaeology; and ceramic analysis. While her MA thesis “Social Status as Seen Through the Distribution of Paint Palettes, Stone Pendants, and Copper Gorgets in Moundville Burials” focused on the contexts of three different Hemphill-style genres, her PhD dissertation “Social Contexts of Production and Use of Pottery Engraved in the Hemphill Style at Moundville” centered around a stylistic analysis of the art itself. Sponsored by the Houston Archeological Society. Free.   7:00 p.m. at MD Anderson Hall (Building 20) at the University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd.  Please note the new starting time for the HAS meeting due to a class using MD Anderson Hall until 7:00 p.m.  Information: Linda Gorski, 713-557-1496,, Parking Information: For a campus map, go to and look for the Interactive Map, Building 20, Anderson Hall.  Street parking is available as well as paid parking at Moran Center Garage at the corner of West Alabama and Graustark       

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Linda Gorski


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