"This is the first volume in a decade to address the Woodland period in the Southeast. The research is fresh and reports new information and interpretations gleaned from a variety of sources--new excavations, geophysics, grey literature, older collections--and covers a range of studies from single sites to specific archaeological complexes to interactions among complexes. "--Lynne P. Sullivan, coeditor of Mississippian Mortuary Practices
"This volume fills an important gap in Southeast archaeology, the Early and Middle Woodland periods. It contains the best that the current generation of archaeologists has to offer, set in the context of the broader landscape of regional archaeology."--Dean R. Snow, author of Archaeology of Native North America
The Early and Middle Woodland periods (1000 BCE--500 CE) in North America witnessed remarkable cross-cultural social interactions as well as novel interactions between people and the physical world. Using case studies from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee, this volume sheds new light on these dynamic and complex social landscapes.
Fourteen in-depth case studies incorporate empirical data with theoretical concepts such as ritual, aggregation, and place-making, highlighting the variability and common themes in the relationships between people, landscapes, and the built environment that characterize this period of North American native life in the Southeast.
Alice P. Wright is an anthropological archaeologist at the University of Michiganâ€™s Museum of Anthropology. Edward R. Henry is a doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis and an adjunct research assistant at the University of Mississippiâ€™s Center for Archaeological Research.