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Falls of the Ohio River presents current archaeological research on an important landscape feature: a series of low, cascading rapids along the Ohio River on the border of Kentucky and Indiana. Using the perspective of historical ecology and synthesizing data from recent excavations, contributors to this volume demonstrate how humans and the environment mutually affected each other in the area for the past 12,000 years.

These essays show how the Falls region was an attractive place to live due to its diverse ecological zones and its abundance of high-quality chert. In chronological studies ranging from the Early Archaic to the Late Mississippian periods, contributors portray the rapids as at times a boundary between Native American groups living upstream and downstream and at other times a hub where cultures converged and blended into a distinct local identity. The essays analyze and track changes in stone tool styles, mortuary traditions, settlement patterns, plant consumption, and ceramic production.

Together, the chapters in this volume illustrate that the Falls of the Ohio was a focal point on the human landscape throughout the Holocene era. Providing a foundation for future work in this location, they show how the region’s geography and ecology shaped the ways humans organized themselves within it and how in turn these groups impacted the area through their changing social, economic, and political circumstances.

Contributors: Anne Tobbe Bader | Rick Burdin | Justin N. Carlson | Richard W. Jefferies | Michael French | Robert G. McCullough | Greg J. Maggard | Stephen T. Mocas | Cheryl Ann Munson | David Pollack | Jack Rossen | Christopher W Schmidt| Claiborne Daniel | Duane B. Simpson | C. Russell, Stafford | Gary E. Stinchcomb | Jocelyn C. Turner

A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. Anne Tobbe Bader, David Pollack, Justin N. Carlson
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2. Early Archaic Dating, Chert Use, and Settlement Mobility in the Falls Region
  2. C. Russell Stafford
  3. pp. 21-43
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  1. 3. Middle Archaic Lifeways and the Holocene Climatic Optimum in the Falls Region
  2. Justin N. Carlson, Greg J. Maggard, Gary E. Stinchcomb, Claiborne Daniel Sea
  3. pp. 44-56
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  1. 4. The Late Middle/Early Late Archaic in the Falls Region
  2. Anne Tobbe Bader
  3. pp. 57-73
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  1. 5. The Late Archaic in the Falls Region: A RiverPark Site Perspective
  2. Duane B. Simpson, Stephen T. Mocas
  3. pp. 74-100
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  1. 6. Increased Sedentism and Signaling during the Late Archaic
  2. Rick Burdin
  3. pp. 101-117
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  1. 7. Middle and Late Archaic Trophy-Taking in the Falls Region
  2. Christopher W. Schmidt
  3. pp. 118-132
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  1. 8. The Riverton and Buck Creek Phases of the Falls Region
  2. Stephen T. Mocas, Duane B. Simpson
  3. pp. 133-143
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  1. 9. The Woodland Period of the Falls Region
  2. Stephen T. Mocas
  3. pp. 144-169
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  1. 10. Plant Use at the Falls of the Ohio: Ten Thousand Years of Regional Systems, a Sociocultural Boundary, and Interaction
  2. Jack Rossen, Jocelyn C. Turner
  3. pp. 170-185
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  1. 11. The Early Mississippian Occupation in the Falls Region: A View from the Prather Mound Center
  2. Cheryl Ann Munson, Robert G. McCullough
  3. pp. 186-211
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  1. 12. Mississippian/Fort Ancient Interaction and Identity in the Falls Region
  2. Michael W. French, David Pollack
  3. pp. 212-224
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  1. 13. The Falls: A Changing Cultural Landscape
  2. David Pollack, Anne Tobbe Bader, Justin N. Carlson, Richard W. Jefferies
  3. pp. 225-232
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  1. References
  2. pp. 233-280
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-302
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781683402381
Related ISBN
9781683402039
MARC Record
OCLC
1204267978
Pages
318
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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