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SunWatch
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The last prehistoric cultures to inhabit the Middle Ohio Valley  (ca. A.D. 1000–1650) are referred to as Fort Ancient societies, which exhibited a wide variety of Mississippian period characteristics. What is less well-known and little understood are the social processes by which Mississippian characteristics spread to Fort Ancient communities. Through a comprehensive study of SunWatch, one of the few thoroughly excavated Fort Ancient settlements, the author focuses on the development of village social structure within a broad geographic and temporal framework, recognizing border areas as particularly dynamic contexts of social change. As a fundamental study of social patterning of Fort Ancient villages, this work reveals the interrelationships of small social units in culture change and social structure development and provides a full reconsideration of the Mississippian dimensions of Fort Ancient societies and a model for future investigations of larger patterning in the late
prehistory of the region.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. To Be Mississippian or Not to Be Mississippian?
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2. Fort Ancient and the Range of Mississippian Social Complexity
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. 3. An Approach to the Problem
  2. pp. 41-60
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  1. 4. Corporate Behavior in Space and Time
  2. pp. 61-105
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  1. 5. Development of Village Leadership
  2. pp. 106-124
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  1. 6. Periphery Peers
  2. pp. 125-147
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  1. 7. A Model of Fort Ancient Village Development
  2. pp. 148-158
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 159-182
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-197
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