Archaic Societies Diversity and Complexity across the Midcontinent
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Thomas E. Emerson - Editor Dale L. McElrath - Editor Andrew C. Fortier - Editor
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Essential overview of American Indian societies during the Archaic period across central North America.
Sweeping and detailed, this long-awaited volume is an indispensable guide to the Archaic period across the midcontinent. Archaeologists throughout the region share the latest excavation results and analytical perspectives to reveal and reinterpret the worlds of those Native peoples who lived there for some 9,000 years (up to about 3,000 years ago). Of particular concern is the establishment of relative and absolute chronologies for the Archaic period, the relationships between the artifacts left behind and the peoples who made and used them, and the changing interactions between cultures, climate, and landscape. Archaeologists offer useful, up-to-date overviews of Archaic societies, assessment of stratigraphic sequences, and detailed discussions of finds and interpretations from the Mississippi and Ohio river regions and the Great Lakes. Comprehensive and accessible, this landmark book is a must for anyone wanting to understand a crucial but little-understood period in North America’s prehistory.
“…Archaic Societies represents a substantive resource for professional archaeologists, and a comprehensive summary of a time and place that profoundly influenced North American history … it is particularly valuable because it draws together considerable information that might otherwise reside in unpublished or obscurely published reports…” — Canadian Journal of Native Studies
“This book will be the standard reference for this topic for decades to come.” — American Anthropologist
“This piece of scholarship is truly monumental … As someone who is interested in this time period and hunter-gatherers, I heartily recommend professional archaeologists purchase a copy. It is a volume that will be referenced and consulted for years to come … [E]ven if you are not an archaeologist, reading this work will give you a good sense of the tremendous amount of diversity and innovation during this period.” — Victor D. Thompson, American Indian Culture and Research Journal
“…an indispensable source for all students of the Archaic.” — Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology
“…a tome rich in detail/minutiae and broad in scope … a welcome addition to any archaeologist’s library.” — Northwest Ohio History
Thomas E. Emerson is Director of the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program (ITARP), a joint program of the University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Transportation. At ITARP, Dale L. McElrath is Senior Cultural Resource Archaeologist and Statewide Survey Coordinator, and Andrew C. Fortier is Special Projects Coordinator. Archaic Societies is a companion volume to their Late Woodland Societies: Tradition and Transformation across the Midcontinent.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
I. An Archaic Overview
1. An Introduction to the Archaic Societies of the Midcontinent Dale L. McElrath, Andrew C. Fortier, and Thomas E. Emerson
2. The Eastern Woodlands Archaic and the Tyranny of Theory Thomas E. Emerson and Dale L. McElrath
3. Archaic Faunal Exploitation in the Prairie Peninsula and Surrounding Regions of the Midcontinent Bonnie W. Styles and R. Bruce McMillan
4. A Regional and Chronological Synthesis of Archaic Period Plant Use in the Midcontinent Mary L. Simon
5. Archaic Burial Sites in the American Midcontinent George R. Milner, Jane E. Buikstra, and Michael D.Wiant
6. Dalton and the Early Holocene Midcontinent: Setting the Stage Brad Koldehoff and John A.Walthall
II. Stratigraphic Sequences in the Archaic Period
7. Archaic Prehistory of the Western Ozarks of Southwest Missouri Jack H. Ray, Neal H. Lopinot, and Edwin R. Hajic
8. Dated Projectile Point Sequences from Modoc Rock Shelter and Applications of Assemblage-Based Analysis Steven R. Ahler and Brad Koldehoff
9. The Archaic Period in the Lower Illinois River Basin Michael D. Wiant, Kenneth B. Farnsworth, and Edwin R. Hajic
10. Archaic Period Chronology in the Hill Country of Southern Indiana C. Russell Stafford and Mark Cantin
III. The Mississippi River Region
11. The American Bottom:An Archaic Cultural Crossroads Dale L. McElrath, Andrew C. Fortier, Brad Koldehoff, and Thomas E. Emerson
12 Archaic Period of East-Central Missouri Joseph L. Harl
13. Archaic Cultural Variation and Lifeways in West-Central Illinois David J. Nolan and Richard L. Fishel
14. Archaic Periods in Eastern Iowa David W. Benn and Joe B.Thompson
IV. The Ohio River Region and Southeast
15. The Ohio Archaic: A Review Matthew P. Purtill
16. Land between the Rivers:The Archaic Period of Southernmost Illinois Brian M. Butler
17. Archaic Cultures of Western Kentucky Richard W. Jefferies
18. The View from the Southeast Tristram R. Kidder and Kenneth E. Sassaman
V. The Great Lakes
19. The Archaic Tradition in Wisconsin Thomas C. Pleger and James B. Stoltman
20. Hunter-Gatherer Adaptations and Alternative Perspectives on the Michigan Archaic: Research Problems in Context William A. Lovis
21. Defining the Archaic in Northern Illinois Rochelle Lurie, Douglas Kullen, and Scott J. Demel
22. At the Crossroads and Periphery:The Archaic Archaeological Record of Southern Ontario Christopher Ellis, Peter A.Timmins, and Holly Martelle
VI. Concluding Comments
23. Concluding Thoughts on the Archaic Occupation of the Eastern Woodlands Dale L. McElrath and Thomas E. Emerson