Time's River: Archaeological Syntheses from the Lower Mississippi Valley

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This volume stands as a key general resource for archaeologists working in the region extending from Louisiana through Mississippi north to Missouri and Kentucky, and it represents an opportunity to influence for decades a large part of the archaeological work to take place in the Southeast.
 
The book responds to a need for a comprehensive archaeological overview of the Lower Mississippi Valley that forms a portion of an interstate ...

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Overview

This volume stands as a key general resource for archaeologists working in the region extending from Louisiana through Mississippi north to Missouri and Kentucky, and it represents an opportunity to influence for decades a large part of the archaeological work to take place in the Southeast.
 
The book responds to a need for a comprehensive archaeological overview of the Lower Mississippi Valley that forms a portion of an interstate corridor spanning nine states that will run from southern Michigan to the Texas-Mexico border. The culturally sensitive Mississippi Delta is one of the richest archaeological areas in North America, and it is crucial that research designs be comprehensive, coordinated, and meet current preservation and future research needs. The authors are well-respected researchers from both within and outside the region with expertise in the full range of topics that comprise American archaeology. They examine matters of method and theory, the application of materials science, geophysics, and other high-tech tools in archaeology that provide for optimum data-recovery.

Contributors:
Ian Brown, Kevin L. Bruce, Philip J. Carr, Robert C. Dunnell,
James Feathers, Gayle J. Fritz, Michael L. Galaty, S. Homes Hogue, H. Edwin Jackson, Jay K. Johnson, Carl P. Lipo, Hector Neff, Evan Peacock, Janet Rafferty, James H. Turner, John R. Underwood, Amy L. Young

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Editorial Reviews

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“This will be a critical volume to contribute to the archaeology of Mississippi, the Southeast, and North America that will stimulate vital research.”
—T. R. Kidder, Professor of Anthropology, Washington University at St. Louis

"Written for professional archaeologists, particularly those who will actually be doing cultural resource management work on this highway right-of-way. . . . Recommended. Faculty, professionals."
—CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817316143
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Rafferty is Professor of Anthropology and Senior Research Associate at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University. She is a contributor to Blackland Prairies of the Gulf Coastal Plain and The Woodland Southeast.
 
 Evan Peacock is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Senior Research Associate at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University. He is co-editor of Blackland Prairies of the Gulf Coastal Plain and a contributor to The Woodland Southeast.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     x
Introduction: Reconsidering the Archaeology of the Lower Mississippi River Valley   Janet Rafferty   Evan Peacock     1
The Interstate 69 Project in Mississippi: Generation of an Archaeological Synthesis   John R. Underwood   James H. Turner   Kevin L. Bruce     8
Archaeology in the Lower Mississippi Valley   Robert C. Dunnell     16
Archaeological Things: Languages of Observation   Robert C. Dunnell     45
Paleoenvironmental Modeling in the Central and Lower Mississippi River Valley: Past and Future Approaches   Evan Peacock     69
Settlement Patterns, Occupations, and Field Methods   Janet Rafferty     99
Prehistoric Settlement in the Lower Mississippi Valley: A Critical Review   Carl P. Lipo   Robert C. Dunnell     125
Absolute Dating in the Mississippi Delta   James K. Feathers     168
Bioarchaeology in the Mississippi Delta   S. Homes Hogue     182
Through the Lens of the Lithic Analyst: The Organization of Mississippi Delta Chipped-Stone Technologies   Philip J. Carr     201
Review of Ceramic Compositional Studies from In and Around the Mississippi Valley   Hector Neff     223
Ceramic Petrography and the Classification of Mississippi's Archaeological Pottery by Fabric: A GIS Approach   Michael L. Galaty     243
Faunal Research in the Yazoo Basin and Lower Mississippi Valley: Setting Parameters for Future Research in the I-69 Corridor, Mississippi   H. Edwin Jackson     274
Paleoethnobotanical Information and Issues Relevant to the I-69 Overview Process, Northwest Mississippi   Gayle J. Fritz     299
Archaeological Remote Sensing Research in the Yazoo Basin: A History and Evaluation   Jay K. Johnson     344
Culture Contact along the I-69 Corridor: Protohistoric and Historic Use of the Northern Yazoo Basin, Mississippi   Ian W. Brown     357
Sad Song in the Delta: The Potential for Historical Archaeology in the I-69 Corridor   Amy L. Young     395
Fording the River: Concluding Comments   Janet Rafferty   Evan Peacock     426
References Cited     433
List of Contributors     535
Index     539
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