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"In peninsular Florida, developers were already destroying sites for road fill in the late 19th-century when C. B. Moore arrived; he documented major population and ceremonial centers, mounds, and shell middens dating from Early Woodland through the contact period. Many, such as Crystal River, contained copper and other exotics, large mounds, multiple and significant components important in later archaeological syntheses. As Florida becomes covered in concrete and condos, the details of Moore's original data become more crucial." for interpreting prehistoric human cultures   in   Florida   and   their widespread    socioeconomic interaction  systems  across  the continent." 
—Nancy Marie White, University of South Florida&

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This compilation of Moore's thirteen publications on western and central Florida provides all of his archaeological data on the region's mounds and prehistoric canals in a single volume.

The name Clarence B. Moore is familiar to every archaeologist interested in the southeastern United States. This amateur archaeologist's numerous scientific expeditions to the region resulted in dozens of well-illustrated publications, the value of which increases daily as many of the sites he investigated continue to be destroyed by modern development.

Moore invested considerable time and effort exploring Florida's archaeological sites, devoting more pages of published reports and articles to Florida than to any other state. Because of the wealth of material on Florida, Moore's expeditions have been collected in three separate volumes, all published within the Classics in Southeastern Archaeology series.

Moore's first and last expeditions were to Florida and spanned almost thirty years of archaeological investigations. following the eastern river drainages to central and western Florida, by 1900 Moore was concentrating his efforts along the Florida Gulf Coast, spurred by the exciting discoveries of Frank Hamilton Cushing at Key Marco in 1896. Although this region is rich in mound sites, many sites located by Moore in the early years of the 20th century had already been destroyed by construction and lime processing. In addition to mound groupings--some containing masses of skeletal remains--Moore found a number of sites connected by a network of prehistoric canals. Several of the sites located by Moore contained European trade goods and have been used to trace the early wanderings of the conquistadors in the New World.

Moore is to be credited with remarkable insights concerning mound and earthwork construction, artifact trade networks, and chronology development.

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  • Series: Classics Southeast Archaeology
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (July 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817309519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817309510
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.1 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, which includes reprints of C.B. Moore's explorations of sites in western and central Florida as well as an edited introduction by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem, is a must-have for any archaeologist interested in American archaeology, particularly southeastern archaeology. While I envy anyone who has Moore's original articles in their collection, this volume would be useful even for such fortunate collectors, for many reasons.

First, Clarence Bloomfield Moore's work - while more "antiquarian" than archaeological by modern standards - was literally the very first done in many areas which he visited, and having his original published reports is a must for any professional in the field. And, for the ordinary reader, Moore's descriptions of the regions in Florida to which he traveled provides not just a picture of the sites he visited, but a wonderful series of images of many regions in this area before their destruction due to development.

Second, Dr. Mitchem's introduction and analysis of the modern names and site numbers for the areas Moore visited are a very important annotation to Moore's original work. My own research, on the area of the Ocklawaha River, began with Moore's 1895 study of the Ocklawaha, which is reprinted in this volume; having Mitchem's tables with modern site numbers and other information was extremely helpful.

Third, Moore's maps are useful starting points as well as his texts and drawings of artifacts he found. For anyone wanting to understand sites in this area, having this information concentrated in one volume is very useful.

A well-done, interesting, useful edited volume; I highly recommend it both to the interested layperson and the professional archaeologist or historian.
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Having grown up in days when local mounds were mined for road gravel containing shells and millions of artifacts, this work from the early 20th century is a little incomplete compared to the actual original works, but for the Dreamer who thinks back to the days we collected using shovels and screens, this book will show how almost every spot we found and a few long gone. Wonderful glimpse into a past when relics were a dime a dozen and not a dozen hundred dollars for a decent coral piece.
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Great book.
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