Life and Meaning in the Illinois Valley
This chapter explores the cultural characterization of the lower Illinois River valley landscape during the Middle Woodland period. It tries to articulate the major concerns expressed regarding Hopewellian archaeology, which is considered almost second nature in North American archaeology, based on the view that no matter what kind of symbolic articulation people might make of the world around them, their biological and social survival entails ensuring that this symbolic construction affords them an adequate flow of material energy in the form of food and shelter. This chapter accomplishes this by elucidating a parallel scheme of structuring, an objective scheme in which riverine and upland resource availability is shown to be objectively constrained and generated by the particular linearity of the temperate climatic regime of this local “riverworld.”
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