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Archaeology of Lousisiana provides a groundbreaking and up-to-date overview of archaeology in the Bayou State, including a thorough analysis of the cultures, communities, and people of Louisiana from the Native Americans of 13, 000 years ago to the modern historical archaeology of New Orleans. With eighteen chapters and twenty-seven distinguished contributors, Archaeology of Louisiana brings together the studies of some of the most respected archaeologists currently working in the state, collecting in a single volume a range of methods and theories to offer a comprehensive understanding of the latest archaeological findings.
In the past two decades alone, much new data has transformed our knowledge of Louisiana's history. This collection, accordingly, presents fresh perspectives based on current information, such as the discovery that Native Americans in Louisiana constructed some of the earliest-known monumental architecture in the world-extensive earthen mounds-during the Middle Archaic period (6000-2000 B.C.) Other contributors consider a variety of subjects, such as the development of complex societies without agriculture, underwater archaeology, the partnering of archaeologists with the Caddo Nation and descendant communities, and recent research in historical archaeology and cultural resource management that promises to transform our current appreciation of colonial Spanish, French, Creole, and African American experiences in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Accessible and engaging, Archaeology of Louisiana provides a complete and current archaeological reference to the state's unique heritage and history.
List of Illustrations ix
Foreword Ian W. Brown xi
1 Introduction Mark A. Rees 1
2 A History of Archaeology in Louisiana Kathleen M. Byrd Robert W. Neuman 19
3 Paleoindian and Early Archaic Mark A. Rees 34
4 Middle Archaic and Watson Brake Joe W. Saunders 63
5 Poverty Point Redux Jon L. Gibson 77
6 Tchefuncte and Early Woodland Christopher T. Hays Richard A. Weinstein 97
7 Marksville and Middle Woodland Charles R. Mcgimsey 120
8 Troyville and the Baytown Period Aubra L. Lee 135
9 Coles Creek Lori M. Roe Timothy M. Schilling 157
10 Plaquemine and Mississippian Mark A. Rees 172
11 Caddo Communities of Northwest Louisiana Jeffrey S. Girard 195
12 The Caddo Nation, Archaeology, and NAGPRA Robert Cast Bobby Gonzalez Timothy K. Perttula 211
13 The Spanish in Northwest Louisiana, 1721-1773 George Avery 223
14 French Colonial Archaeology Rob Mann 235
15 African American Archaeology Laurie A. Wilkie Paul Farnsworth David T. Palmer 258
16 Colonial and Early Antebellum New Orleans Shannon Lee Dawdy Christopher N. Matthews 273
17 Immigration and Urbanization in New Orleans D. Ryan Gray Jill-Karen Yakubik 291
18 Underwater Archaeology Allen R. Saltus Charles E. Pearson 306
Index of Sites 453
Posted October 31, 2011
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