The Paleoindian and Early Archaic Southeast / Edition 1

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Overview

The southeastern United States has one of the richest records of early human settlement of any area of North America. This book provides the first state-by-state summary of Paleoindian and Early Archaic research from the region, together with an appraisal of models developed to interpret the data. It summarizes what we know of the peoples who lived in the Southeast more than 8,000 years ago—when giant ice sheets covered the northern part of the continent, and such mammals as elephants, saber-toothed tigers, and ground sloths roamed the landscape. Extensively illustrated, this benchmark collection of essays on the state of Paleoindian and Early Archaic research in the Southeast will guide future studies on the subject of the region's first inhabitants for years to come.

Divided in three parts, the volume includes:

Part I: Modeling Paleoindian and Early Archaic Lifeways in the Southeast

Environmental and Chronological Considerations, David G. Anderson, Lisa D. O'Steen, and Kenneth E. Sassaman
Modeling Paleoindian and Early Archaic Settlement in the Southeast: A Historical Perspective, David G. Anderson and Kenneth E. Sassaman

Models of Paleoindian and Early Archaic Settlement in the Lower Southeast, David G. Anderson
Early Archaic Settlement in the South Carolina Coastal Plain, Kenneth E. Sassaman
Raw Material Availability and Early Archaic Settlement in the Southeast, I. Randolph Daniel Jr.
Paleoindian and Early Archaic Settlement along the Oconee Drainage, Lisa D. O'Steen
Haw River Revisited: Implications for Modeling Terminal Late Glacial and Early Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems in the Southeast, John S. Cable
Early Archiac Settlement and Technology: Lessons from Tellico, Larry R. Kimball
Paleoindians Near the Edge: A Virginia Perspective, Michael F. Johnson

Part II: The Regional Record

The Need for a Regional Perspective, Kenneth E. Sassaman and David G. Anderson
Paleoindian and Early Archaic Research in the South Carolina Area, David G. Anderson and Kenneth E. Sassaman
The Taylor Site: An Early Occupation in Central South Carolina, James L. Michie
Paleoindian and Early Archaic Research in Tennessee, John B. Boster and Mark R. Norton
A Synopsis of Paleoindian and Early Archaic Research in Alabama, Eugene M. Futato
Statified Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Deposits at Dust Cave, Northwestern Alabama, Boyce N. Driskell
Bone and Ivory Tools from Submerged Paleoindian Sites in Florida, James S. Dunbar and S. David Webb
Paleoindian and Early Archaic Data from Mississippi, Samuel O. McGahey
Early and Middle Paleoindian Sites in the Northeastern Arkansas Region, J. Christopher Gillam

Part III: Commentary

A Framework for the Paleoindian/Early Archaic Transition, Joel Gunn
Modeling Communities and Other Thankless Tasks, Dena F. Dincauze
An Arkansas View, Dan F. Morse
Comments, Henry T. Wright

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The research base for this book has been accumulating for over 20 years. This is a timely synthesis by southeastern archaeologists and will serve as a benchmark study to be used by scholars both within and outside the Southeast." —Albert C. Goodyear, Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, The University of South Carolina

"A state-of-the-art summary for this important area of hunter-gatherer research . . . and a mandatory addition to the libraries of anyone interested in this dynamic period of prehistory." —American Antiquity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817308353
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 864,881
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Anderson is an Archaeologist with the National Park Service in Tallahassee, Florida. Kenneth E. Sassaman is an Archaeologist with the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology in Columbia.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Environmental and Chronological Considerations 3
2 Modeling Paleoindian and Early Archaic Settlement in the Southeast: A Historical Perspective 16
3 Models of Paleoindian and Early Archaic Settlement in the Lower Southeast 29
4 Early Archaic Settlement in the South Carolina Coastal Plain 58
5 Raw Material Availability and Early Archaic Settlement in the Southeast 84
6 Paleoindian and Early Archaic Settlement along the Oconee Drainage 92
7 Haw River Revisited: Implications for Modeling Terminal Late Glacial and Early Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems in the Southeast 107
8 Early Archaic Settlement and Technology: Lessons from Tellico 149
9 Paleoindians Near the Edge: A Virginia Perspective 187
10 The Need for a Regional Perspective 215
11 Paleoindian and Early Archaic Research in the South Carolina Area 222
12 The Taylor Site: An Early Occupation in Central South Carolina 238
13 Paleoindian and Early Archaic Research in Georgia 270
14 Recent Paleoindian Research in Tennessee 288
15 A Synopsis of Paleoindian and Early Archaic Research in Alabama 298
16 Stratified Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Deposits at Dust Cave, Northwestern Alabama 315
17 Bone and Ivory Tools from Submerged Paleoindian Sites in Florida 331
18 Paleoindian and Early Archaic Data from Mississippi 354
19 A Stone's Throw from Kimmswick: Clovis Period Research in Kentucky 385
20 Early and Middle Paleoindian Sites in the Northeastern Arkansas Region 404
21 A Framework for the Paleoindian/Early Archaic Transition 415
22 Modeling Communities and Other Thankless Tasks 421
23 An Arkansas View 425
24 Comments 430
References 435
Contributors 513
Index 518
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