Changing Perspectives on the Archaeology of the Central Mississippi Valley

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Fourteen experts examine the current state of Central Valley prehistoric research and provide an important touchstone for future archaeological study of the region.

The Mississippi Valley region has long played a critical role in the development of American archaeology and continues to be widely known for the major research of the early 1950s. To bring the archaeological record up to date, fourteen Central Valley experts address diverse topics including the distribution of ...

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Overview

Fourteen experts examine the current state of Central Valley prehistoric research and provide an important touchstone for future archaeological study of the region.

The Mississippi Valley region has long played a critical role in the development of American archaeology and continues to be widely known for the major research of the early 1950s. To bring the archaeological record up to date, fourteen Central Valley experts address diverse topics including the distribution of artifacts across the landscape, internal configurations of large fortified settlements, human-bone chemistry, and ceramic technology.

The authors demonstrate that much is to be learned from the rich and varied archaeological record of the region and that the methods and techniques used to study the record have changed dramatically over the past half century. Operating at the cutting edge of current research strategies, these archaeologists provide a fresh look at old problems in central Mississippi Valley research.

 

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"Archaeologists and others interested in the region will find important summaries of data relating to a series of mound centers and other localities that would, in and of themselves, justify the purchase of the volume. . . . A fine collection of papers of real and material value."
—American Anthropologist
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Fourteen articles update the archaeological record of the Central Mississippi Valley. Topics addressed include radiocarbon dating of pottery in chronology building, internal configurations of fortified settlements, human-bone chemistry, and artifact distribution. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817309091
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 456
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. O'Brien is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Robert C. Dunnell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

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Preface and Acknowledgments
1 A Brief Introduction to the Archaeology of the Central Mississippi River Valley 1
2 An Examination of Mississippian-Period Phases in Southeastern Missouri 31
3 Pottery, Radiocarbon Dates, and Mississippian-Period Chronology Building in Western Kentucky 59
4 An Overview of Walls Engraved Pottery in the Central Mississippi Valley 80
5 Graves Lake: A Late Mississippian-Period Village in Lauderdale County, Tennessee 99
6 Landscape Change and Settlement Location in the Cairo Lowland of Southeastern Missouri 124
7 Nonsite Survey in the Cairo Lowland of Southeastern Missouri 148
8 Powers Fort: A Middle Mississippian-Period Fortified Community in the Western Lowlands of Missouri 169
9 The Langdon Site, Dunklin Country, Missouri 200
10 Moon: A Fortified Mississippian-Period Village in Poinsett County, Arkansas 225
11 Variability in Crowley's Ridge Gravel 258
12 Blade Technology and Nonlocal Cherts: Hopewell(?) Traits at the Twenhafel Site, Southern Illinois 281
13 Prehistoric Diet in the Central Mississippi River Valley 299
Notes 325
References 329
Contributors 375
Index 379
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