The Archaeology of Traditions: Agency and History Before and After Columbus

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Overview

"At last, southeastern archaeology as history of people, not just 'cultures'."--Patricia Galloway, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Rich with the objects of the day-to-day lives of illiterate or common people in the southeastern United States, this book offers an archaeological reevaluation of history itself: where it is, what it is, and how it came to be. Through clothing, cooking, eating, tool making, and other mundane forms of social expression and production, traditions were altered daily in encounters between missionaries and natives, between planters and slaves, and between native leaders and native followers. As this work demonstrates, these "unwritten texts" proved to be potent ingredients in the larger-scale social and political events that shaped how peoples, cultures, and institutions came into being.  These developments point to a common social process whereby men and women negotiated about their views of the world and—whether slaves, natives, or Europeans—created history. Bridging the pre-Columbian and colonial past, this book incorporates  current theories that cut across disciplines to appeal to anthropologists, historians, and archaeologists.

CONTENTS

1. A New Tradition in Archaeology, by Timothy R. Pauketat
2. African-American Tradition and Community in the Antebellum South, by Brian W. Thomas
3. Resistance and Accommodation in Apalachee Province, by John F. Scarry
4. Manipulating Bodies and Emerging Traditions at the Los Adaes Presidio, by Diana DiPaolo Loren
5. Negotiated Tradition? Native American Pottery in the Mission Period in La Florida, by Rebecca Saunders
6. Creek and Pre-Creek Revisited, by Cameron B. Wesson
7. Gender, Tradition, and the Negotiation of Power Relationships in Southern Appalachian Chiefdoms, by Lynne P. Sullivan and Christopher B. Rodning
8. Historical Science or Silence? Toward a Historical Anthropology of Mississippian Political Culture, by Mark A. Rees
9. Cahokian Change and the Authority of Tradition, by Susan M. Alt
10. The Historical-Processual Development of Late Woodland Societies, by Michael S. Nassaney
11. A Tradition of Discontinuity: American Bottom Early and Middle Woodland Culture History Reexamined, by Andrew C. Fortier
12. Interpreting Discontinuity and Historical Process in Midcontinental Late Archaic and Early Woodland Societies, by Thomas E. Emerson and Dale L. McElrath
13. Hunter-Gatherers and Traditions of Resistance, by Kenneth E. Sassaman
14. Traditions as Cultural Production: Implications for Contemporary Archaeological Research, by Kent G. Lightfoot
15. Concluding Thoughts on Tradition, History, and Archaeology, by Timothy R. Pauketat

Timothy R. Pauketat, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, is the author of The Ascent of Chiefs and coeditor of Cahokia: Domination and Ideology in the Mississippian World.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616101299
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 9/24/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
1 A New Tradition in Archaeology 1
2 African-American Tradition and Community in the Antebellum South 17
3 Resistance and Accommodation in Apalachee Province 34
4 Manipulating Bodies and Emerging Traditions at the Los Adaes Presidio 58
5 Negotiatied Tradition? Native American Pottery in the Mission Period in La Florida 77
6 Creek and Pre-Creek Revisited 94
7 Gender, Tradition, and the Negotiation of Power Relationships in Southern Appalachian Chiefdoms 107
8 Historical Science or Silence? Toward a Historical Anthropology of Mississippian Political Culture 121
9 Cahokian Change and the Authority of Tradition 141
10 The Historical-Processual Development of Late Woodland Societies 157
11 A Tradition of Discontinuity: American Bottom Early and Middle Woodland Culture History Reexamined 174
12 Interpreting Discontinuity and Historical Process in Midcontinental Late Archaic and Early Woodland Societies 195
13 Hunter-Gatherers and Traditions of Resistance 218
14 Traditions as Cultural Production: Implications for Contemporary Archaeological Research 237
15 Concluding Thoughts on Tradition, History, and Archaeology 253
Bibliography 257
List of Contributors 337
Index 343
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