Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-ix

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Acknowledgments

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p. xi

The list of acknowledgements for this project is extensive. The following individuals accommodated me during the data collection phase of this project: Clark Spencer Larsen, Jerald Milanich, Dale Hutchinson, Bram Tucker, Christophe Rodning, David Hally, James Krakker, and David Hunt. I would also like to thank my dissertation committee members, Jane Buikstra, Joseph Powell, Lyle...

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1. Historical Bioarchaeology

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pp. 1-4

In 1763, Spanish ships set sail from the Atlantic Coast of Florida heading toward Havana, thus ending two centuries of Spanish colonization and proselytizing of the region. These ships carried the few remaining individuals from the indigenous colonial populations (the Apalachee, Guale, and Timucua) that had survived decades of social upheaval and alterations in traditional lifeways....

Part I. The Archaeology

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2. The Setting: The Spanish Mission System of La Florida

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pp. 7-25

Founded by Ponce de León in 1513 and colonized by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565, Spain’s La Florida colony (Figure 2.1) represented the beginning of permanent European colonization of North America, a process that would ultimately result in widespread ethnocide of myriad indigenous cultures. In its most general sense, this book considers the processes responsible for the ...

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3. Bioethnohistory

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pp. 26-56

Exploration of regional ethnohistories is a fascinating endeavor for a biological anthropologist. Paleographers, those doing the direct translation of original source material, do not have vested interests in evolutionary research questions, nor might they know what to look for if they did. Because I myself am not a historian, let alone a paleographer, I cannot add substantially to the ...

Part II. The Bioanthropology

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4. Evolution and Transmission of Human Tooth Size

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pp. 59-79

Because this book considers changes in phenotypic variation and relates such changes to evolutionary mechanisms and historical processes, the goal of this chapter is to establish the connection between patterns of odontometric variation and the social and demographic processes previously outlined. I address three topics in this chapter. First, the nature of phenotypic variation and its ...

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5. Conceptual and Research Methods

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pp. 80-99

Chapter 5 presents the research methodology and outlines strategies adopted to reduce error and increase the resolution and veracity of the analytical results. Methods for dental phenotypic data collection are discussed as well as justification for using the particular battery of metric variables. Pre-analysis data treatments designed to minimize the effects of random and environ-...

Part III. The Synthesis

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6. Demographic Transformations among the Apalachee

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pp. 103-126

As detailed in chapters 2 and 3, the Apalachee were generally distinct from their neighbors in terms of language, culture, subsistence strategy, settlement pattern, and political organization. They also likely weathered the rigors of the contact period better than their contemporaries, which influences hypothesized microevolutionary changes for the province ...

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7. Aggregation and Collapse on the Georgia Coast

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pp. 127-152

To generate predictions for the Guale, I must consider the previous work of Griffin and colleagues (Griffin 1993; Griffin et al. 2001) that documented an initial increase in trait variability during the early mission period followed by a dramatic decline in trait variability during the later years of the Spanish period. These data were interpreted as reflecting the processes of population ...

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8. Local and Global Histories

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pp. 153-164

Consideration of the comparative experience of the Apalachee and Guale during the early phases of missionization produces discordant results. For the Apalachee, the transition from the precontact to mission period had fewer biological consequences. Overall variability in the population does not change significantly, suggesting neither a decline in population size nor increasing popu-...

Appendix

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pp. 165-166

Bibliography

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pp. 167-184

Index

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pp. 185-193