Fourteen experts examine the current state of Central Valley prehistoric research and provide an important touchstone for future archaeological study of the region
The Mississippi Valley region has long played a critical role in the development of American archaeology and continues to be widely known for the major research of the early 1950s. To bring the archaeological record up to date, fourteen Central Valley experts address diverse topics including the distribution of artifacts across the landscape, internal configurations of large fortified settlements, human-bone chemistry, and ceramic technology.
The authors demonstrate that much is to be learned from the rich and varied archaeological record of the region and that the methods and techniques used to study the record have changed dramatically over the past half century. Operating at the cutting edge of current research strategies, these archaeologists provide a fresh look at old problems in central Mississippi Valley research.
FiguresTablesPreface and AcknowledgmentsA Brief Introduction to the Archaeology of the Central Mississippi River ValleyO'BrienMichael J.DunnellRobert C.An Examination of Mississippian-Period Phases in Southeastern MissouriFoxGregory L.Pottery, Radiocarbon Dates, and Mississippian-Period Chronology Building in Western KentuckyKreisaPaul P.An Overview of Walls Engraved Pottery in the Central Mississippi ValleyDyeDavid H.Graves Lake: A Late Mississippian–Period Village in Lauderdale County, TennesseeMainfortRobert C., Jr.MooreMichael C.Landscape Change and Settlement Location in the Cairo Lowland of Southeastern MissouriLafferty IIIRobert H.Nonsite Survey in the Cairo Lowland of Southeastern MissouriTeltserPatrice A.Powers Fort: A Middle Mississippian–Period Fortified Community in the Western Lowlands of MissouriPerttulaTimothy K.The Langdon Site, Dunklin County, MissouriDunnellRobert C.Moon: A Fortified Mississippian–Period Village in Poinsett County, ArkansasBennDavid W.Variability in Crowley's Ridge GravelMcCutcheonPatrick T.DunnellRobert C.Blade Technology and Nonlocal Cherts: Hopewell(?) Traits at the Twenhafel Site, Southern IllinoisMorrowCarol A.Prehistoric Diet in the Central Mississippi River ValleyGreenleeDiana M.NotesReferencesContributorsIndex
Michael J. O'Brien is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Robert C. Dunnell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington.
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