A World Engraved: Archaeology of the Swift Creek Culture

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This major summary of the current state of archaeological research on the Swift Creek culture is the first comprehensive collection ever published concerning the Swift Creek people.

The Swift Creek people, centered in Georgia and surrounding states from A.D. 100 to 700, are best known from their pottery, which was decorated before firing with beautiful paddle-stamped designs—some of the most intricate and fascinating in the world.

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Overview

This major summary of the current state of archaeological research on the Swift Creek culture is the first comprehensive collection ever published concerning the Swift Creek people.

The Swift Creek people, centered in Georgia and surrounding states from A.D. 100 to 700, are best known from their pottery, which was decorated before firing with beautiful paddle-stamped designs—some of the most intricate and fascinating in the world.

Comprehensive in scope, this volume details the discovery of this culture, summarizes what is known about it at the present time, and shows how continued improvements in the collection and analysis of archaeological data are advancing our knowledge of this extinct society.

Although they know nothing of Swift Creek language and little about its society, archaeologists have collected valuable information about the
economic strategies of Swift Creek inhabitants. What archaeologists know best, however, is that the Swift Creek people were some of the best wood carvers the world has seen, and their pottery will stand as their lasting legacy for all time. This book presents and preserves their legacy.

 

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"An important theme running through the volume is the examination of social interaction using analyses of the stamps used to decorate Swift Creek pots. These studies make us rethink our notions of social boundaries and interactions and the scope of individual movements in the Woodland period. . . . As a summary of current knowledge of the Swift Creek culture, A World Engraved has no rivals. It should have a well-deserved place on the shelves of every archaeologist working in the region."
—John Scarry, UNC-Chapel Hill

"This substantial edited volume of fifteen chapters makes major inroads toward exploring other variables underlying the Swift Creek phenomenon."
Southeastern Archaeology

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Collects 15 essays concerning the archaeological culture of the Swift Creek people, a culture centered in Georgia and surrounding states from AD 100 to 700. While little is known of the Swift Creek culture's language and social rules, their social interactions are documented using analysis of the stamps used to decorate their intricately patterned pots, as well as through their extraordinary wood carvings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817309121
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Williams, senior academic professional in Anthropology at the University
of Georgia, specializes in Georgia archaeology and ethnohistory. He is
coauthor of Lamar Archaeology with Gary Shapiro, and A World Engraved with
Dan Elliott. He is also director of the UGA Laboratory of Archaeology.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Swift Creek Research: History and Observations 1
2 Swift Creek Site Excavations: The Works Progress Administration and Black Labor 12
3 The Northern and Eastern Expression of Swift Creek Culture: Settlement in the Tennessee and Savannah River Valleys 19
4 Shrines of the Prehistoric South: Patterning in Middle Woodland Mound Distribution 36
5 Swift Creek: Lineage and Diffusion 48
6 Swift Creek Design Investigations: The Hartford Case 61
7 Swift Creek Designs: A Tool for Monitoring Interaction 99
8 Neutron Activation Analysis of Ceramics from Mandeville and Swift Creek 112
9 Cultural Interaction within Swift Creek Society: People, Pots, and Paddles 130
10 Swift Creek Phase Design Assemblages from Two Sites on the Georgia Coast 154
11 Kolomoki and the Development of Sociopolitical Organization on the Gulf Coastal Plain 181
12 Swift Creek Traits in Northeastern Florida: Ceramics, Mounds, and Middens 197
13 1973 and 1994 Excavations at the Block-Sterns Site, Leon County, Florida 222
14 Santa Rosa-Swift Creek in Northwestern Florida 247
15 Swift Creek in a Regional Perspective 274
References Cited 301
Contributors 339
Index 343
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