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The Savannah River Chiefdoms, The Savannah River Chiefdoms, 0817307257, 0-8173-0725-7, 978-0-8173-0725-7, 9780817307257, , , The Savannah River Chiefdoms, 0817380795, 0-8173-8079-5, 978-0-8173-8079-3, 9780817380793,

The Savannah River Chiefdoms
Political Change in the Late Prehistoric Southeast
David G. Anderson

Quality Paper
1994. 480 pp.
Price:  $49.95 s
E Book
2009. 480 pp.
Price:  $49.95 d

This volume explores political change in chiefdoms, specifically how complex chiefdoms emerge and collapse, and how this process—called cycling—can be examined using archaeological, ethnohistoric, paleoclimatic, paleosubsistence, and physical anthropological data. The focus for the research is the prehistoric and initial contact-era Mississippian chiefdoms of the Southeastern United States, specifically the societies occupying the Savannah River basin from ca. A.D. 1000 to 1600. This regional focus and the multidisciplinary nature of the investigation provide a solid introduction to the Southeastern Mississippian archaeological record and the study of cultural evolution in general.

David G. Anderson is an Archaeologist with the National Park Service in Tallahassee, Florida.


"This is definitely a contribution to the literature. It is based on sound research and is very detailed and specialized. . . . A major work."
—Charles H. McNutt, Memphis State University

"Useful as a general introduction to the variety of factors that relate to cycling and to the Mississippian development of the Southeast in general. An excellent presentation of the era."
American Antiquity

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