Chiefdoms, Collapse, and Coalescence in the Early American South

Chiefdoms, Collapse, and Coalescence in the Early American South


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316615829
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 951,853
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robin Beck is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and assistant curator of Eastern North American Archaeology at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests include the archaeology and ethnohistory of complex societies in eastern North America and the Andes of Bolivia and Peru, early colonial encounters in what is now the southern United States, and the broader issues related to social organization and change. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 2004. For his dissertation work, he excavated a Middle Formative (800–400 BC) ritual platform at the site of Alto Pukara, located in Bolivia's Lake Titicaca Basin at an altitude of 3800 m. His research at Alto Pukara used Lévi-Strauss' concept of the social house to understand transformations in public space during the Formative Period. Since 2001, concurrent with his Andean work, he has co-directed the Exploring Joara Project, which focuses on the archaeology and early colonial history of Native American societies in the North Carolina Piedmont. Robin and his colleagues have directed NSF-supported research along the Catawba River at the Berry site, location of the native town of Joara and the Spanish garrison Fort San Juan, built by the Juan Pardo expedition in 1567. Manned by thirty soldiers for eighteen months, this fort is the earliest European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States. Its excavation is shedding new light on the process and practice of colonialism near the very beginning of the colonial era.

Table of Contents

Part I. Chiefdoms: 1. The desert of Ocute; 2. The quartermaster's list; Part II. Collapse: 3. The stranger Indians; 4. The Waxhaws' burden; Part III. Coalescence: 5. The color of war; 6. The deerskin map.

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