This volume provides a comprehensive, broad-based overview, including first-person accounts, of the development and conduct of archaeology in the Southeast over the past three decades.
Histories of Southeastern Archaeology originated as a symposium at the 1999 Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) organized in honor of the retirement of Charles H. McNutt following 30 years of teaching anthropology. Written for the most part by members of the first post-depression generation of southeastern archaeologists, this volume offers a window not only into the archaeological past of the United States but also into the hopes and despairs of archaeologists who worked to write that unrecorded history or to test scientific theories concerning culture.
The contributors take different approaches, each guided by experience, personality, and location, as well as by the legislation that shaped the practical conduct of archaeology in their area. Despite the state-by-state approach, there are certain common themes, such as the effect (or lack thereof) of changing theory in Americanist archaeology, the explosion of contract archaeology and its relationship to academic archaeology, goals achieved or not achieved, and the common ground of SEAC.
This book tells us how we learned what we now know about the Southeast's unwritten past. Of obvious interest to professionals and students of the field, this volume will also be sought after by historians, political scientists, amateurs, and anyone interested in the South.
"A unique publication that presents numerous historical, topical, and personal perspectives on the archaeological heritage of the Southeast."—Southeastern Archaeology
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Précis / Charles H. McNutt
Introduction: The History of Histories / Shannon Tushingham and Jane Hill
Part I: Topics
1. Excerpts from “Bringing the Past Alive”: Interviews with William Haag and George Quimby / William Haag, George Quimby, and Ann F. Ramenofsky
2. Museum Paradigms and the History of Southeastern Archaeology / David S. Brose
3. Forty Years of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex / James A. Brown
4. Historical Archaeology in the Southeast, 1930–2000 / Stanley South and Kathleen Deagan
5. Paleogeography and Geomorphology in the Lower Mississippi Valley / Roger T. Saucier
Part II: States
6. Some Ruminations on the Archaeology of Southeast Missouri / Stephen Williams
7. Pot Hunters, Salvage, and Science in Arkansas, 1900–2000 / Hester A. Davis
8. Louisiana Archaeology: A Selective History / Robert W. Neuman
9. Rediscovering Illinois: The Development of Archaeology in Illinois / Jon Muller
10. The History of Archaeology in West Virginia / Bettye J. Broyles
11. Virginia’s Archaeology: A Look Back and a Look Ahead / Howard A. MacCord Sr.
12. North Carolina Archaeology in Historical Perspective / Bennie C. Keel
13. A History of Archaeological Research in South Carolina / David G. Anderson
14. Forty Years of Kentucky Archaeology or Incidents of Recent Archaeological History in a Border State: A Review / R. Berle Clay
15. A History of Tennessee Archaeology / Charles H. Faulkner
16. One Hundred Years of Archaeology in Mississippi / Jay K. Johnson
17. Alabama Archaeology in the Twentieth Century / John A. Walthall, Vernon J. Knight Jr., and Gregory Waselkov
18. A Personal Perspective on Georgia Archaeology at the End of the Twentieth Century / Lewis Larson
19. Florida Archaeology: A Recent History / Jerald T. Milanich
Part III: Commentary
20. Histories by the Archaeologist, for the Archaeologist / Kenneth E. Sassaman
Charles H. McNutt is professor emeritus from Memphis State University and co-editor of Histories of Southeastern Archaeology.