This collection provides a comprehensive vocabulary for defining the cultural manifestation of the term “Woodland”
The Middle Ohio Valley is an archaeologically rich region that stretches from southeastern Indiana, across southern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky, and into northwestern West Virginia. In this area are some of the most spectacular and diverse Woodland Period archaeological sites in North America, but these sites and their rich cultural remains do not fit easily into the traditional Southeastern classification system. This volume, with contributions by most of the senior researchers in the field, represents an important step toward establishing terminology and taxa that are more appropriate to interpreting cultural diversity in the region.
The important questions are diverse. What criteria are useful in defining periods and cultural types, and over what spatial and temporal boundaries do those criteria hold? How can we accommodate regional variation in the development and expression of traits used to delineate periods and cultural types? How does the concept of tradition relate to periods and cultural types? Is it prudent to equate culture types with periods? Is it prudent to equate archaeological cultures with ethnographic cultures? How does the available taxonomy hinder research? Contributing authors address these issues and others in the context of their Middle Ohio Valley Woodland Period research
“This well-conceived collection of papers offers new perspectives on complexities of cultural and temporal variation that are masked by outdated and imprecise definitions of Hopewell and Adena. These fresh perspectives reveal the rich archaeological record and now-apparent cultural diversity in the Middle Ohio Valley during the Woodland Period.”
—Lynne P. Sullivan, coauthor of Archaeology of the Appalachian Highlands
“The book has two main audiences: those who grapple with the problems of archaeological systematics, and general readers interested in Ohio Valley prehistory. It also will work well as one of the required texts in classes or seminars on archaeological theory and methods.”
—The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society