A World Engraved: Archaeology of the Swift Creek Culture

A World Engraved: Archaeology of the Swift Creek Culture

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Overview

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.



 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817383190
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 374
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Mark Williams, senior academic professional in Anthropology at the University
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 Contents

Contents
Figures and Tables
Preface
1. Swift Creek Research: History and Observations Williams Mark Elliott Daniel T.
2. Swift Creek Site Excavations: The Works Progress Administration and Black Labor Marsh Alan
3. The Northern and Eastern Expression of Swift Creek Culture: Settlement in the Tennessee and Savannah River Valleys Elliott Daniel T.
4. Shrines of the Prehistoric South: Patterning in Middle Woodland Mound Distribution Williams Mark Harris Jennifer Freer
5. Swift Creek: Lineage and Diffusion Chase David W.
6. Swift Creek Design Investigations: The Hartford Case Snow Frankie
7. Swift Creek Designs: A Tool for Monitoring Interaction Snow Frankie Stephenson Keith
8. Neutron Activation Analysis of Ceramics from Mandeville and Swift Creek Smith Betty A.
9. Cultural Interaction within Swift Creek Society: People, Pots, and Paddles Stoltman James B. Snow Frankie
10. Swift Creek Phase Design Assemblages from Two Sites on the Georgia Coast Saunders Rebecca
11. Kolomoki and the Development of Sociopolitical Organization on the Gulf Coastal Plain Steinen Karl T.
12. Swift Creek Traits in Northeastern Florida: Ceramics, Mounds, and Middens Ashley Keith H.
13. 1973 and 1994 Excavations at the Block-Sterns Site, Leon County, Florida Jones B. Calvin Penton Daniel T. Tesar Louis D.
14. Santa Rosa-Swift Creek in Northwestern Florida Bense Judith A.
15. Swift Creek in a Regional Perspective Anderson David G.
References Cited
Contributors
Index

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