Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World

Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World

by Keith Ashley
     
 

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“The view often is clearer when one looks from the outside in rather than the reverse. Geographically situated on the edge of mainstream Mississippian cultural developments, Florida harbored an array of cultures whose study provides insights into the nature of the entire Southeast in the centuries before the European invasion. Late Prehistoric Florida

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“The view often is clearer when one looks from the outside in rather than the reverse. Geographically situated on the edge of mainstream Mississippian cultural developments, Florida harbored an array of cultures whose study provides insights into the nature of the entire Southeast in the centuries before the European invasion. Late Prehistoric Florida is a seminal contribution to archaeology, one that allows us to see both the trees and forest.”—Jerald T. Milanich, author of Florida Indians from Ancient Times to the Present

 

“Forces us to re-envision the Mississippian world with the Native polities of Florida as part of the broader cultural mosaic. It is not surprising that many of the areas represented in this book diverge from models and ideas developed in the ‘core’ areas in significant ways.”—Victor D. Thompson, Ohio State University

 

“For a long time, Florida’s late prehistoric societies have been viewed and explored through a lens developed to understand their Mississippian neighbors to the north. This book makes a strong case that the societies of late prehistoric Florida must be explored on their own terms.”—Adam King, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

 

Featuring contributions from some of the most prominent researchers in the field, this collection describes and synthesizes the latest data from archaeological excavations throughout Florida. In doing so, it reveals a diverse and vibrant collection of cleared-field maize farmers, part-time gardeners, hunter-gatherers, and coastal and riverine fisher/shellfish collectors who formed a distinctive part of the Mississippian Southeast.

 

Keith Ashley is coordinator of archaeological research and instructor of anthropology at the University of North Florida. Nancy Marie White, professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida, is author of Archaeology for Dummies and editor of Gulf Coast Archaeology.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813040141
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
07/15/2012
Series:
Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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