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Late Prehistoric FloridaArchaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World$
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Keith Ashley and Nancy Marie White

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040141

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040141.001.0001

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Late Prehistoric Florida

Late Prehistoric Florida

An Introduction

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Late Prehistoric Florida

Misha Klein

University Press of Florida

This introductory chapter sets the stage for the regional studies on Mississippi-period Florida in the volume. It provides a general history of Mississippian research in Florida and, in the process, makes a distinction between Mississippi period and Mississippian. The authors emphasize that, while positioned along the periphery of the Mississippian world, the various late prehistoric Florida societies were not isolated from the social, economic, and ideological developments of the interior Southeast. Moreover, regardless of their individual economic adaptations and sociopolitical structures, they are relevant to Mississippian archaeology. The chapter reviews topics such as Florida's native cultures and their contacts with the Mississippian world, long-distance exchange networks, Florida farmers, nonagricultural fisher-foragers, and chiefdoms, and the conspicuous lack of shell-tempered pottery throughout most of the state.

Keywords:   Florida, Mississippi period, Chiefdoms, exchange networks, farmers, foragers

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