Foraging and Farming in the Eastern Woodlands

Foraging and Farming in the Eastern Woodlands

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qThe latest thinking in Eastern Woodlands paleoethnobotany; a volume which belongs on the bookshelf of every archaeologist and paleoethnobotanist who is concerned with plants and culture in North America.q--Deborah M. Pearsall, University of Missouri qThe papers . . . provide succinct updates in a rapidly developing field [and] explore many facets of the cultural implications of plant remains, taking paleoethnobotanical interpretation in provocative new directions.q--Gary W. Crawford, Erindale College Combining broad chronological syntheses and regionally specific case studies, this volume presents up-to-date findings about plant use by prehistoric and early historic peoples who lived in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. The contributors stress that current depictions of the subsistence strategies, settlement patterns, and social relations of these earliest Americans need to be reformulated to accommodate our new understanding of both the importance of native crops and the variability in peoples' foodways. Contents Introduction, by C. Margaret Scarry The Importance of Native Crops during the Late Archaic and Woodland Periods, by Richard A. Yarnell The Archaic Period and the Flotation Revolution, by Jefferson Chapman and Patty Jo Watson Early and Middle Woodland Period Paleoethnobotany, by Gayle J. Fritz Farmers of the Late Woodland, by Sissel Johannessen Variability in Mississippian Crop Production Strategies, by C. Margaret Scarry New Methods for Studying the Origins of New World Domesticates: The Squash Example, by Deena S. Decker-Walters Reanalysis of Seed Crops from Emge: New Implications for Late Woodland Subsistence-Settlement Systems, by Sandra L. Dunavan Plants and People: Cultural, Biological, and Ecological Responses to Wood Exploitation, by Lee A. Newsom Cultural Change and Subsistence: The Middle Woodland and Late Woodland Transition in the Mid-Ohio Valley, by Dee Anne Wymer Agricultural Risk and the Development of the Moundville Chiefdom, by C. Margaret Scarry Food, Dishes, and Society in the Mississippi Valley, by Sissel Johannessen Wood Overexploitation and the Collapse of Cahokia, by Neal H. Lopinot and William I. Woods Climate, Culture, and Oneota Subsistence in Central Illinois, by Frances B. King Old Customs and Traditions in New Terrain: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Archaeobotanical Data from La Florida, by Donna L. Ruhl C. Margaret Scarry is staff archaeologist at the Program for Cultural Resource Assessment at the University of Kentucky and coauthor of Reconstructing Historic Subsistence: With an Example from Sixteenth-Century Spanish Florida.... Brown 1977; Ford 1979; Hall 1973; Stothers et al. 1979). Thus, the aquot;trueaquot; importance of the Interaction Sphere, and the evolutionary reason for what was surely a costly investment of time and energy in its creation and maintenance, was asanbsp;...

Title:Foraging and Farming in the Eastern Woodlands
Author:C. Margaret Scarry
Publisher:University Press of Florida - 1993-01


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