Synopses & Reviews
An excellent volume that demonstrates a more explicit, nuanced, and careful approach to interpreting the social lives of these past communities. An indispensable resource. Paul D. Welch, author of Archaeology at Shiloh Indian Mounds, 1899 1999
Provides much needed updated perspectives on the origins of the Mississippian archaeological cultural phenomenon in the Southeast. Sissel Schroeder, University of Wisconsin Madison
Using fresh evidence and nontraditional ideas, Mississippian Beginnings reconsiders the origins of the Mississippian culture of the North American Midwest and Southeast (A.D. 1000 1600). Challenging the decades-old opinion that this culture evolved similarly across isolated Woodland populations, contributors discuss signs of migrations, pilgrimages, violent conflicts, and other far-flung entanglements that now appear to have shaped the early Mississippian past.
Presenting recent fieldwork, archival studies, and new investigations of legacy collections, the essays in this volume interpret results through contemporary perspectives that emphasize agency and historical contingency. They track the various ways disparate cultures across a sizeable swath of the continent came to share similar architecture, pottery, subsistence strategies, sociopolitical organization, iconography, and religion. Together, they provide the most comprehensive examination of early Mississippian culture in nearly thirty years.
A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series