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Investigating the Ordinary
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"Makes the case that the everyday should and does matter in archaeology. The content is fresh, the approaches are varied, and the case is convincing."--Adam King, editor of Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State

Focusing on the daily concerns and routine events of people in the past, Investigating the Ordinary argues for a paradigm shift in the way southeastern archaeologists operate. Instead of dividing archaeological work by time periods or artifact types, the essays in this volume unite separate areas of research through the theme of the everyday.

Ordinary activities studied here range from flint-knapping to ceremonial crafting, from subsistence to social gatherings, and from the Paleoindian period to the nineteenth century. Contributors demonstrate that attention to everyday life can help researchers avoid overemphasizing data and jargon and instead discover connections between the people of different eras. This approach will also inspire archaeologists with ways to engage the public with their work and with the deep history of the southeastern United States.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, In Memoriam
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Why the Archaeology of Everyday Matters?
  2. Sarah E. Price, Philip J. Carr
  3. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. When the Levee Breaks: Small Decisions and Big Floods at the End of the Last Ice Age
  2. D. Shane Miller, Jesse Tune
  3. pp. 14-23
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  1. 3. Chaos Theory and the Contact Period in the Southeast
  2. Christopher B. Rodning, Jayur Madhusudan Mehta, Bryan S. Haley, David J. Watt
  3. pp. 24-38
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  1. 4. Community Practice in a Post-Removal Cherokee Town
  2. Lance Greene
  3. pp. 39-52
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  1. 5. The Daily Lives of Early Archaic Foragers in the Mid-South
  2. Kandace D. Hollenbach, Stephen B. Carmody
  3. pp. 53-66
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  1. 6. An Ethnoarchaeological Interpretation of the Salt Life, A.D. 1200
  2. Ashley A. Dumas
  3. pp. 67-79
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  1. 7. Maintaining Relations with Deer: A Day in the Life in the Middle Archaic
  2. Christopher R. Moore, Richard W. Jefferies
  3. pp. 80-94
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  1. 8. The Itineraries of Late Archaic Shell and Ceramic Cooking Vessels
  2. Asa R. Randall, Zackary I. Gilmore
  3. pp. 95-111
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  1. 9. Crafting Everyday Matters in the Middle and Late Woodland Periods
  2. Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Martin Menz, Lori O’Neal
  3. pp. 112-123
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  1. 10. Stone Tool Life Meets Everyday Life
  2. Philip J. Carr, Andrew P. Bradbury
  3. pp. 124-141
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  1. 11. The Role of Dogs in Everyday Life
  2. Renee B. Walker
  3. pp. 142-153
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  1. 12. Mound Building as Daily Practice
  2. Tristram R. Kidder, Sarah C. Sherwood
  3. pp. 154-163
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  1. 13. Gathering in the Late Woodland: Plazas and Gathering Places as Everyday Space
  2. Casey R. Barrier, Megan C. Kassabaum
  3. pp. 164-184
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  1. 14. Matters and Mattering
  2. Beth A. Conklin
  3. pp. 185-191
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  1. 15. The Everyday Archaeologist Matters
  2. Sarah E. Price, Philip J. Carr
  3. pp. 192-204
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 205-266
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-275
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  1. Further Series Titles
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