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Histories of Southeastern Archaeology
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This volume provides a comprehensive, broad-based overview, including first-person accounts, of the development and conduct of archaeology in the Southeast over the past three decades.

Histories of Southeastern Archaeology originated as a symposium at the 1999 Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) organized in honor of the retirement of Charles H. McNutt following 30 years of teaching anthropology. Written for the most part by members of the first post-depression generation of southeastern archaeologists, this volume offers a window not only into the archaeological past of the United States but also into the hopes and despairs of archaeologists who worked to write that unrecorded history or to test scientific theories concerning culture.

The contributors take different approaches, each guided by experience, personality, and location, as well as by the legislation that shaped the practical conduct of archaeology in their area. Despite the state-by-state approach, there are certain common themes, such as the effect (or lack thereof) of changing theory in Americanist archaeology, the explosion of contract archaeology and its relationship to academic archaeology, goals achieved or not achieved, and the common ground of SEAC.
 

This book tells us how we learned what we now know about the Southeast's unwritten past. Of obvious interest to professionals and students of the field, this volume will also be sought after by historians, political scientists, amateurs, and anyone interested in the South.

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"A unique publication that presents numerous historical, topical, and personal perspectives on the archaeological heritage of the Southeast."—Southeastern Archaeology

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Pr
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Introduction: The History of Histories
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Part I: Topics
  1. 1. Excerpts from “Bringing the Past Alive”: Interviews with William Haag and George Quimby
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. 2. Museum Paradigms and the History of Southeastern Archaeology
  2. pp. 13-25
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  1. 3. Forty Years of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex
  2. pp. 26-34
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  1. 4. Historical Archaeology in the Southeast, 1930–2000
  2. pp. 35-50
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  1. 5. Paleogeography and Geomorphology in the Lower Mississippi Valley
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. Part II: States
  1. 6. Some Ruminations on the Archaeology of Southeast Missouri
  2. pp. 63-76
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  1. 7. Pot Hunters, Salvage, and Science in Arkansas, 1900–2000
  2. pp. 77-87
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  1. 8. Louisiana Archaeology: A Selective History
  2. pp. 88-98
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  1. 9. Rediscovering Illinois: The Development of Archaeology in Illinois
  2. pp. 99-114
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  1. 10. The History of Archaeology in West Virginia
  2. pp. 115-125
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  1. 11. Virginia’s Archaeology: A Look Back and a Look Ahead
  2. pp. 126-135
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  1. 12. North Carolina Archaeology in Historical Perspective
  2. pp. 136-144
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  1. 13. A History of Archaeological Research in South Carolina
  2. pp. 145-159
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  1. 14. Forty Years of Kentucky Archaeology or Incidents of Recent Archaeological History in a Border State: A Review
  2. pp. 160-171
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  1. 15. A History of Tennessee Archaeology
  2. pp. 172-182
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  1. 16. One Hundred Years of Archaeology in Mississippi
  2. pp. 183-193
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  1. 17. Alabama Archaeology in the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 194-208
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  1. 18. A Personal Perspective on Georgia Archaeology at the End of the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 209-218
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  1. 19. Florida Archaeology: A Recent History
  2. pp. 219-229
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  1. Part III: Commentary
  1. 20. Histories by the Archaeologist, for the Archaeologist
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 243-349
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 351
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 353-361
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 363-384
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