Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

During my years of research on Alabama River sites, I have accrued huge debts to so many people in so many places. First and foremost, I have to thank my graduate advisor Jim Knight for many years of guidance and support. I also offer my sincere thanks to the many University of Alabama faculty...

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1. The Problem of Tascalusa’s Chiefdom

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pp. 1-17

On Sunday, October 10, 1540, at a town along what is now the Alabama River, the worlds of a Native American chief and a Spanish conquistador collided. Although a vast cultural gap divided the two leaders, both would soon demonstrate a willingness to use any means necessary, especially brute...

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2. The Alabama River Valley from A.D. 900 to 1560

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pp. 18-49

The Alabama River begins with the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers, just six miles west of present-day Montgomery. From its beginning, it flows in a meandering course with a wide alluvial plain through the Fall Line Hills onto the Blackland Prairie, where it joins with the Cahaba River near...

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3. Archaeology at Late Mississippian Communities in the Alabama River Valley

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pp. 50-88

In the Alabama River valley, the long history of documented excavations at Late Mississippian sites dates back to the winter of 1899, when Philadelphia amateur archaeologist Clarence B. Moore directed his ship Gopher upriver from Mobile Bay. Although there is considerable time depth to archaeological...

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4. Late Mississippian Pottery in the Alabama River Valley

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pp. 89-128

The reviews of Late Mississippian sites and chronology of the Alabama River valley in the previous chapters demonstrated the need for more excavations and a better means of ceramic analysis that does not rely on mutually exclusive and exhaustive typologies. The data collected from the pottery assemblages...

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5. A New Picture of the Tascalusa Chiefdom before and after Contact

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pp. 129-140

The study of ceramic stylistic attributes at Late Mississippian sites in the Alabama drainage was designed to determine whether multivariate statistics could be used to successfully extract models of ceramic production. Once the style clusters were successfully extracted, correspondence analysis helped...

References

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pp. 141-158

Index

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pp. 159-163