- Series: Ripley P. Bullen Series
- Hardcover: 387 pages
- Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida (October 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813014344
- ISBN-13: 978-0813014340
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,063,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Archaeology of the Mid-Holocene Southeast (Ripley P. Bullen Series) Hardcover – October, 1996
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About the Author
Kenneth E. Sassaman is archaeologist with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, and instructor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Augusta College, Augusta, Georgia. He is the author of Early Pottery in the Southeast: Tradition and Innovation in Cooking Technology. David G. Anderson is archaeologist with the Southeast Archaeological Center, National Park Service, Tallahassee, Florida. He is the author of The Savannah River Chiefdoms: Political Change in the Late Prehistoric Southeast. They are coeditors of The Paleoindian and Early Archaic Southeast.
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It has been traditional to regard all of the Native American cultures of this time as "hunter-gatherers", with the unfortunate connotation of "primitive" which that term carries. This book takes us beyond merely looking at environment and tool-using technology to show that the peoples of the middle and late Archaic had complex cultures based on a changing environment. One of the best series of essays is by Russo, who shows that the "shell heaps" found in northern Florida and elsewhere were almost certainly deliberately constructed monuments, with ritual and cultural significance for the people who built them. There is also discussion of what is known of the Poverty Point site in Louisiana, an example of extraordinary construction and cultural sophistication centuries before the Mississipian era.
While some of the chapters are somewhat weaker due to lack of more complete data to support certain assertions (the chapter on Poverty Point is an example), the book as a whole is a useful and readable addition to our knowledge of the Archaic southeast. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Native American cultures of the southeastern United States, as well as professional archaeologists.