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The Great Plains has been central to academic and popular visions of Native American warfare, largely because the region’s well-documented violence was so central to the expansion of Euroamerican settlement. However, social violence has deep roots on the Plains beyond this post-Contact perception, and these roots have not been systematically examined through archaeology before. War was part, and perhaps an important part, of the process of ethnogenesis that helped to define tribal societies in the region, and it affected many other aspects of human lives there. In Archaeological Perspectives on Warfare on the Great Plains, anthropologists who study sites across the Plains critically examine regional themes of warfare from pre-Contact and post-Contact periods and assess how war shaped human societies of the region.

Contributors to this volume offer a bird’s-eye view of warfare on the Great Plains, consider artistic evidence of the role of war in the lives of indigenous hunter-gatherers on the Plains prior to and during the period of Euroamerican expansion, provide archaeological discussions of fortification design and its implications, and offer archaeological and other information on the larger implications of war in human history. Bringing together research from across the region, this volume provides unprecedented evidence of the effects of war on tribal societies. Archaeological Perspectives on Warfare on the Great Plains is a valuable primer for regional warfare studies and the archaeology of the Great Plains as a whole.

ContributorsPeter Bleed, Richard R. Drass, David H. Dye, John Greer, Mavis Greer, Eric Hollinger, Ashley Kendell, James D. Keyser, Albert M. LeBeau III, Mark D. Mitchell, Stephen M. Perkins, Bryon Schroeder, Douglas Scott, Linea Sundstrom, Susan C. Vehik

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Part 1. Introduction
  1. 1. What Do We Know about Warfare on the Great Plains?
  2. Douglas B. Bamforth
  3. pp. 12-43
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  1. Part 2. Emic Views: Warfare in Plains Rock Art
  1. 2. Northwestern Plains Contact-Era Warfare as Reflected in Ethnohistory and Rock Art Studies
  2. Mavis Greer and John Greer
  3. pp. 46-74
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  1. 3. Warriors and Weapons: Late Prehistoric/Protohistoric–Period Warfare in Bear Gulch Rock Art
  2. James D. Keyser
  3. pp. 75-128
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  1. 4. Coup Counts and Corn Caches: Contact-Era Plains Indian Accounts of Warfare
  2. Linea Sundstrom
  3. pp. 129-151
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  1. Part 3. Fortifications as Evidence for Violence
  1. 5. Rotten Palisade Posts and Rickety Baffle Gates: Repairing Native Eastern North American Fortifications
  2. David H. Dye
  3. pp. 154-185
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  1. 6. Ditches or Earthworks: A Reexamination of Fortified Villages on the Upper Missouri River
  2. Albert M. LeBeau III
  3. pp. 186-198
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  1. 7. Why Fortify? Force-to-Force Ratios and Fortification on the Southern Plains
  2. Susan C. Vehik
  3. pp. 199-219
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  1. 8. Digging Ditches: Archaeological Investigations of Historically Reported Fortifications at Bryson-Paddock (34KA5) and Other Southern Plains Village Sites
  2. Richard R. Drass, Stephen M. Perkins, and Susan C. Vehik
  3. pp. 220-245
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  1. 9. The Alcova Redoubt: A Refuge Fortification in Central Wyoming
  2. Bryon Schroeder
  3. pp. 246-273
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  1. Part 4. Warfare in Society and Plains History
  1. 10. Conflict and Culture Change on the Plains: The Oneota Example
  2. R. Eric Hollinger
  3. pp. 276-283
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  1. 11. Modeling Middle Missouri Warfare
  2. Mark D. Mitchell
  3. pp. 284-303
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  1. 12. Alliances, Clusters, and Spatial Analysis: A Multiscalar Approach to Studying Warfare in the Middle Missouri
  2. Andrew J. Clark
  3. pp. 304-326
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  1. 13. The Crow Creek Massacre: The Role of Sex in Native American Scalping Practices
  2. Ashley Kendell
  3. pp. 327-344
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  1. 14. Contexts for Conflict: Conceptual Tools for Interpreting Archaeological Reflections of the North Platte Campaign of February 1865
  2. Peter Bleed and Douglas Scott
  3. pp. 345-363
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  1. 15. Afterword: War, Peace, and Plains Archaeology
  2. Douglas B. Bamforth and Andrew J. Clark
  3. pp. 364-371
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 372-431
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 432-433
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 434-449
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607326700
Related ISBN
9781607326694
MARC Record
OCLC
1035139216
Pages
440
Launched on MUSE
2020-10-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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