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"Jon Gibson confronts the intriguing mystery of Poverty Point, the ruins of a large prehistoric Indian settlement that was home to one of the most fascinating ancient cultures in eastern North America." "The 3,500-year-old site in northeastern Louisiana is known for its large, elaborate earthworks - a series of concentric, crescent-shaped dirt rings and bird-shaped mounds. With its imposing 25-mile core, it is one of the largest archaic constructions on American soil. It's also one of the most puzzling: perplexing questions haunt Poverty Point, and archaeologists still speculate about life and culture at the site, its age, how it was created, and if it was at the forefront of an emerging complex society."--BOOK JACKET.
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Jon L. Gibson is professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Archaeological Studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He is the author of Ancient Earthworks of the Ouachita Valley in Louisiana and the editor of Exchange in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Contiguous Areas at 1100 B.C.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Aliens, Atlanteans, and American Indians 1
1 Conceptual Matters 9
2 From Then Until Now 15
3 Roots 42
4 Natural Environment 66
5 Earthworks 79
6 Gear and Appliances 111
7 Fishing, Hunting and Gathering, and Table Fare 158
8 Exchange 170
9 Stone and Earth Symbolism 182
10 Community Core-Periphery Relationships 194
11 Political Economy 207
12 Poverty Point Development 216
13 Neighbors and Distant Acquaintances 232
14 In Retrospect 266
Glossary 275
For Further Reading 279
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