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Mississippian Beginnings

Using fresh evidence and nontraditional ideas, the contributing authors of Mississippian Beginnings reconsider the origins of the Mississippian culture of the North American Midwest and Southeast (A.D. 1000-1600). Challenging the decades-old opinion that this culture evolved similarly across isolated Woodland populations, they discuss signs of migrations, pilgrimages, violent conflicts, and other far-flung entanglements that now appear to have shaped the early Mississippian past.

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The Archaeology of American Mining

Synthesizing fifty years of research on American mining sites that date from colonial times to the present, Paul White provides an ideal overview of the field for both students and professionals.

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Water from Stone: Archaeology and Conservation at Florida's Springs

In Water from Stone, Jason O'Donoughue investigates the importance of natural springs to ancient Floridians. Throughout their history, Florida's springs have been gathering places for far-flung peoples. O'Donoughue finds that springs began flowing several millennia earlier than previously thought, serving as sites of habitation, burials, ritualized feasting, and monument building for Florida's earliest peoples.

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Maya E Groups: Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism in the Early Lowlands

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Frontiers of Colonialism

Bringing together case studies of prehistoric and historic sites from Western and non-Western contexts, including China, the Philippines, the Pacific, Egypt, and elsewhere, Frontiers of Colonialism makes the surprising claim that colonialism can and should be compared across radically different time periods and locations.

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Modes of Production and Archaeology

Contributors to this volume explain how archaeologists can use Karl Marx and Frederick Engels' mode of production concept to study long-term patterns in human society.

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Fit for War: Sustenance and Order in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Catawba Nation

The Catawba Nation played an important role in the early colonial Southeast, serving as a military ally of the British and a haven for refugees from other native groups, yet it has largely been overlooked by scholars and the public. Fit for War explains how the Nation maintained its sovereignty while continuing to reside in its precolonial homeland near present-day Charlotte, North Carolina.  

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The Country Where My Heart Is: Historical Archaeologies of Nationalism and National Identity

The Country Where My Heart Is explores the archaeology of the period during which modern nationalism developed. While much of the previous research has focused on how governments and other institutions manipulate the archaeology of the distant past for ideological reasons, the contributors to this volume articulate what material artifacts of the modern world can reveal about the rise and fall of modern nationalism and national identities.

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Archaeological Perspectives on the French in the New World

Correcting the notion that French influence in the Americas was confined mostly to Qu├ębec and New Orleans, this collection reveals a wide range of vibrant French-speaking communities both during and long after the end of French colonial rule.

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Bones of Complexity: Bioarchaeological Case Studies of Social Organization and Skeletal Biology

Drawing upon wide-ranging studies of prehistoric human remains from Europe, northern Africa, Asia, and the Americas, this groundbreaking volume unites physical anthropologists, archaeologists, and economists to explore how social structure can be reflected in the human skeleton.