New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida

Edited by Neill J. Wallis and Asa R. Randall

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" Theoretically sophisticated and empirically well-grounded. Sets a course for exciting new directions in archaeology at the edge of the American South and the broader Caribbean world. " --Christopher B. Rodning, coeditor of Archaeological Studies of Gender in the Southeastern United States

" Successfully repositions the story of Florida’s native peoples from the peripheries of history and anthropology to center stage. " --Thomas E. Emerson, author of Cahokia and the Archaeology of Power

" If you thought you understood the Native settlement of Florida, read this and think again. The research and thinking that have taken place in recent decades, highlighted in this volume, have markedly changed our understanding, revealing a past far more interesting and richly constituted than anything previously considered." --David G. Anderson, coauthor of Recent Developments in Southeastern Archaeology

" Provides a fresh perspective on Florida’s past and how its Native American inhabitants created the world in which they lived." --Richard W. Jefferies, author of Holocene Hunter-Gatherers of the Lower Ohio River Valley: From the Falls to the Confluence


Given its pivotal location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, its numerous islands, its abundant flora and fauna, and its subtropical climate, Florida has long been ideal for human habitation. Representing the next wave of southeastern archaeology, the essays in this book resoundingly argue that Florida is a crucial hub of archaeological inquiry. Contributors use new data to challenge well-worn models of environmental determinism and localized social contact. Themes of monumentality, human alterations of landscapes, the natural environment, ritual and mortuary practices, and coastal adaptations demonstrate the diversity, empirical richness, and broader anthropological significance of Florida’s aboriginal past.

Neill J. Wallis is assistant curator in archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and author of The Swift Creek Gift. Asa R. Randall is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and author of Constructing Histories: Archaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of the St. Johns River, Florida.

A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series, edited by Kathleen Deagan, William Keegan, William Marquardt, Elizabeth Benchley, and Vernon " Jim" Knigh
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Expertly fills [the Florida archaeology] gap. -- Florida Anthropological Society Newsletter

Clearly evidence[s] the gains in understanding that recent research has won....An exceptional resource.-- Journal of Anthropological Research

Demonstrates the potential for archaeologists to advance anthropological understanding of interconnected materialities, deep histories along with momentous events, and the contemporary social relevance of an often overlooked and archaeologically imperiled ancient past.-- American Antiquity

This is a volume that all archaeologists working in the state will want to own and it should be widely read by scholars working in coastal prehistoric settings around the world for its rich application of archaeological theory to new empirical data. Deftly edited . . . concise and accessible to non-specialists.-- Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology

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