Moundbuilders: Ancient Peoples of Eastern North America

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Overview

"The Moundbuilders covers the entire sweep of Eastern Woodlands prehistory, with an emphasis on how societies developed from hunter-gatherers to village farmers and town-dwellers. Great strides have been made in recent research and many of the most impressive mounds, such as Poverty Point, Cahokia, and Moundville, are described and discussed in detail." This wide-ranging and copiously illustrated book, complete with a gazetteer of sites to visit, will be the perfect guide to the region for the archaeologist, student, tourist, and traveler.
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Milner (anthropology, Pennsylvania State Univ.; The Cahokia Chiefdom) presents a thorough and comprehensive chronological survey of the history of prehistoric moundbuilding in eastern North America. Prehistoric mounds have fascinated and mystified people since the European settlement of North America began. Moundbuilding began among Native American groups as early as 3400 B.C.E. and continued in some areas of what is now the southern United States until around the time of the first contact with Europeans in the 16th century C.E. The greatest concentration of mound sites occurs in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys. Milner gives in-depth descriptions of the various types of mounds that have been discovered and excavated, including burial mounds, flat-topped platform mounds, defensive earthworks, and effigy mounds, which were made in the shapes of animals. The strength of Milner's description lies in his use of accessible, nontechnical language and in his ability to clearly explain how the archaeological evidence found at the various mound sites gives important clues for discerning Native American lifestyles from the distant past. Excellent illustrations (133 b&w, 20 color) and extensive bibliographical references complement the text. Recommended for anthropology and archaeology collections in academic libraries.-Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500284681
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Series: Ancient Peoples and Places Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 625,464
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

George R. Milner is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include The Cahokia Chiefdom: The Archaeology of a Mississippian Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Chronological Table 9
1 A Heavily Forested and Thinly Peopled Land 11
2 Mobile Hunter-Gatherers: Paleoindian and Early Archaic 22
3 Sedentary Hunter-Gatherers: Middle to Late Archaic 34
4 Builders of Burial Mounds and Earthworks: Early to Middle Woodland 54
5 Villagers Facing Great Change: Late Woodland 105
6 Chiefs Come to Power: Mississippian 124
7 Northern Villagers: Late Prehistory 177
8 A Trail of Tears: Native American and European Contact 190
Guide to Eastern Woodlands Sites 199
Notes to the Text 204
Further Reading 208
Sources of Illustrations 219
Index 221
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