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pp. Cover-Cover

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Illustrations

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pp. vii-xi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiii

We take this opportunity to thank those individuals and institutions that aided us in this research. In particular, Frank T. Schnell shared his knowledge, encouraged us to pursue this project, and provided access to many of the materials that made it possible. Thanks, Frank. The research reported here was supported by the University of Oklahoma and Shippensburg University. We thank these institutions for

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1. Political and Social Integration in Rank Societies: A Mississippian Case Study

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pp. 1-10

In this chapter we map out the theoretical and methodological terrain that must be traversed before we can go from archaeological remains to an understanding of Mississippian political and social integration. Our effort is part of an ongoing dialogue in anthropological archaeology concerned with the origins and development of complex society. Scholars inquiring into the ...

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2. Mississippian Political and Social Integration

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pp. 11-28

In this chapter we map out the theoretical and methodological terrain that must be traversed before we can go from archaeological remains to an understanding of Mississippian political and social integration. Our effort is part of an ongoing dialogue in anthropological archaeology concerned with the origins and development of complex society. Scholars inquiring into the ...

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3. Archaeology of the Mound Centers

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pp. 29-59

Excavations into the platform mounds along the lower Chattahoochee River have taken place numerous times over many years for various reasons. One early digger, F. W. Miller, was an artifact collector motivated either by curiosity or pro┬Ąt (Brandon 1909). Harvard-educated C. B. Moore (1907) developed a dilettante's enthusiasm into serious scholarship, and yet his research seldom went beyond illustrated catalogs of finds. By the middle...

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4. The Cultural Chronology: A.D. 1100-1650

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pp. 60-73

With the pottery and radiocarbon samples secured by mound excavations, reviewed in the previous chapter, we can now construct a chronology of mound centers for the region. This chronological ordering of centers builds on the efforts of other archaeologists. Caldwell's (1955) work ...

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5. Archaeological Measures of Political Integration

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pp. 74-98

With analysis of mound excavations and construction of a cultural chronology, we are now in a position to identify variation in Mississippian polity forms and measure political integration in the lower Chattahoochee River valley over the course of six centuries. In order to do so, we use a mound-center ...

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6. Archaeological Measures of Social Integration

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pp. 99-121

Although the lower Chattahoochee polities were politically independent, they were not isolated from one another. The polity fission-fusion process involved political power shifts from one center to another. Mound-center polities grew or declined, in part, in response to interactions with other centers. The decorated pottery found at the mound centers is one indication of such interactions. Attributes of pottery form, composition, and decoration...

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7. The Rise and Decline of the Chattahoochee Chiefdoms

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pp. 122-135

Our research presents a unique culture history and yet polity formation, growth, and decline in the lower Chattahoochee region cannot be understood as isolated or particular developments. Similar political and social dynamics unfolded across the Southeast. There are several reasons for this: historically related population movements from ancestral areas of development, widely shared subsistence strategies, organizational patterns common to...

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8. Research Synopsis and Theory Synthesis

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pp. 136-144

In the preceding pages we addressed some fundamental issues in the development of complex society in the ancient American Southeast. As a research strategy, models of sociopolitical organization were evaluated with evidence generated through archaeological excavations. Our research goal was to identify forms and scales of political and social integration in the lower ...

Appendix A. The Multiple-Mound-Center Excavations

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pp. 145-184

Appendix B. The Single-Mound-Center Excavations

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pp. 185-224

Appendix C. Pottery Classification

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pp. 225-252

Appendix D. Seriation Methods

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pp. 253-260

References Cited

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pp. 261-278

Index, Back Cover

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pp. 279-288