By Asa R. Randall
“A subtle software of panorama proposal to a lately crafted archaeological checklist of the St. Johns River.”— Cheryl Claassen, writer of Feasting with Shellfish within the Southern Ohio Valley: Archaic Sacred websites and Rituals
“Changes the way in which archaeologists conceptualize the dynamic relationships among hunter-gatherers and cultural landscapes in local North the United States. anyone drawn to hunter-gatherer societies, panorama archaeology, old monuments, anthropogenic environments, the archaeology and environmental background of Florida and the yankee South, and the historical past of North American archaeology should still learn this book.”—Christopher B. Rodning, coeditor of Archaeological experiences of Gender within the Southeastern United States
huge accumulations of historic shells on coastlines and riverbanks have been lengthy thought of the results of rubbish disposal in the course of repeated nutrition gatherings by means of early population of the southeastern usa. during this volume,
Asa R. Randall provides the 1st new theoretical framework for interpreting such middens due to the fact Ripley Bullen’s seminal paintings sixty years in the past. He convincingly posits that those historical “garbage dumps” have been truly burial mounds, ceremonial accumulating locations, and sometimes habitation areas valuable to the histories and social geography of the hunter-gatherer societies who equipped them.
Synthesizing greater than one hundred fifty years of shell mound investigations and smooth distant sensing information, Randall rejects the long-standing ecological interpretation and redefines those websites as socially major monuments that show formerly unknown complexities concerning the hunter-gatherer societies of the Mount Taylor interval (ca. 7400–4600 cal. B.P.). laid low with weather switch and elevated scales of social interplay, the region’s population transformed the panorama in astounding and significant methods. This pioneering quantity offers another heritage from which emerge wealthy information about the day-by-day actions, ceremonies, and burial rituals of the archaic St. Johns River cultures.