Mississippian Communities and HouseholdseBook - 1995
During the Mississippian period (approximately A.D. 1000-1600) in the midwestern and southeastern United States a variety of greater and lesser chiefdoms took shape. Archaeologists have for many years explored the nature of these chiefdoms from the perspective common in archaeological investigations—from the top down, investigating ceremonial elite mound structures and predicting the basic domestic unit from that data. Because of the increased number of field investigations at the community level in recent years, this volume is able to move the scale of investigation down to the level of community and household, and it contributes to major revisions of settlement hierarchy concepts.
This volume is able to move the scale of investigation down to the level of community and household, and it contributes to major revisions of settlement hierarchy concepts.
Contributors investigate communities and households of Mississippian Period chiefdoms in the Midwestern and Southeastern US, focusing on the relationships existing within villages and households as a foundation for the macroscopic picture of the relationships between settlement, subsistence, and political structure. After a review of the scope of archaeological analyses of domestic organization, they concentrate on particular sites and regions. A concluding chapter discusses analytical problems in household research. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.