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Falls of The Ohio River

Subtitle: Archaeology of Native American Settlement
Editor: David Pollack
Editor: Anne Tobbe Bader
Editor: Justin N. Carlson
Publication Date: 5/25/2021
Language: English
Book webpage: https://upf.com/book.asp?id=9781683402039
Abstract: Falls of the Ohio River presents current archaeological research on an important landscape feature: a series of low, cascading rapids along the Ohio River on the border of Kentucky and Indiana. Using the perspective of historical ecology and synthesizing data from recent excavations, contributors to this volume demonstrate how humans and the environment mutually affected each other in the area for the past 12,000 years.            
 
These essays show how the Falls region was an attractive place to live due to its diverse ecological zones and its abundance of high-quality chert. In chronological studies ranging from the Early Archaic to the Late Mississippian periods, contributors portray the rapids as at times a boundary between Native American groups living upstream and downstream and at other times a hub where cultures converged and blended into a distinct local identity. The essays analyze and track changes in stone tool styles, mortuary traditions, settlement patterns, plant consumption, and ceramic production.            
 
Together, the chapters in this volume illustrate that the Falls of the Ohio was a focal point on the human landscape throughout the Holocene era. Providing a foundation for future work in this location, they show how the region’s geography and ecology shaped the ways humans organized themselves within it and how in turn these groups impacted the area through their changing social, economic, and political circumstances. 
Subject Keywords: Chert Procurement, Settlement and Mobility dynamics, ceramic production, historical archaeology, domestic structures, social bioarchaeology, Knob Creek Complex, Native American groups, Holocene, Mortuary Traditions, Mississippian
Series: Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series
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Publisher's URL: upress.ufl.edu
Number of Pages: 318
ISBN: 9781683402039