This major summary of the current state of archaeological research on the Swift Creek culture is the first comprehensive collection ever published concerning the Swift Creek people.
The Swift Creek people, centered in Georgia and surrounding states from A.D. 100 to 700, are best known from their pottery, which was decorated before firing with beautiful paddle-stamped designs--some of the most intricate and fascinating in the world.
Comprehensive in scope, this volume details the discovery of this culture, summarizes what is known about it at the present time, and shows how continued improvements in the collection and analysis of archaeological data are advancing our knowledge of this extinct society.
Although they know nothing of Swift Creek language and little about its society, archaeologists have collected valuable information about the
economic strategies of Swift Creek inhabitants. What archaeologists know best, however, is that the Swift Creek people were some of the best wood carvers the world has seen, and their pottery will stand as their lasting legacy for all time. This book presents and preserves their legacy.
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About the Author
of Georgia, specializes in Georgia archaeology and ethnohistory. He is
coauthor of Lamar Archaeology with Gary Shapiro, and A World Engraved with
Dan Elliott. He is also director of the UGA Laboratory of Archaeology.
Table of ContentsContents
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1. Swift Creek Research: History and Observations
2. Swift Creek Site Excavations: The Works Progress Administration and Black Labor
3. The Northern and Eastern Expression of Swift Creek Culture: Settlement in the Tennessee and Savannah River Valleys
4. Shrines of the Prehistoric South: Patterning in Middle Woodland Mound Distribution
5. Swift Creek: Lineage and Diffusion
6. Swift Creek Design Investigations: The Hartford Case
7. Swift Creek Designs: A Tool for Monitoring Interaction
8. Neutron Activation Analysis of Ceramics from Mandeville and Swift Creek
9. Cultural Interaction within Swift Creek Society: People, Pots, and Paddles
10. Swift Creek Phase Design Assemblages from Two Sites on the Georgia Coast
11. Kolomoki and the Development of Sociopolitical Organization on the Gulf Coastal Plain
12. Swift Creek Traits in Northeastern Florida: Ceramics, Mounds, and Middens
13. 1973 and 1994 Excavations at the Block-Sterns Site, Leon County, Florida
14. Santa Rosa-Swift Creek in Northwestern Florida
15. Swift Creek in a Regional Perspective